Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone will face off tonight during the UFC 246 pre-fight press conference.
Traditionally, there is no quiet McGregor press conference. Colorful insults, even more colorful clothes and occasional scraps made them a must in the fighting weeks.
The former featherweight and lightweight champion also has some history with Cerrone ahead of the press, with the split between the two dating back to an UFC press conference in 2015.
That day, McGregor described “Cowboy” as “too slow and stiff”, adding “I’d break you in half” if the two ever met. That day has almost arrived.
A U.S.-based bookmaker even offers special odds on tonight’s event: bettors may ask a few questions about how late McGregor will be, if he has a bottle of his correct Whiskey 12 in hand, or how many bombs to launch will launch the Dubliner.
Here’s how you can follow it live …
Where does the press conference take place?
The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas will host the final press conference which is free and open to the public.
What time does the McGregor vs Cerrone press conference start?
The show starts in the early Thursday morning with a 1 o’clock start time for fans of the fight in the UK and Ireland.
McGregor vs Cerrone live streaming press conference
Tonight’s press conference will be streamed live via the UFC official YouTube channel.
You can also follow it all the way Standard sport LIVE blog.
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And that too passes without fireworks: a steel staringown followed by a handshake.
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The two fighters emerge for confrontation …
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This is a compress. All very friendly, clearly there is a lot of respect between McGregor and Cerrone.
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The biggest challenge of Cerrone’s career?
“He’s a two-time champion, it’s the toughest fight to date. This is the biggest one, so let’s see what happens.”
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What does McGregor think of the Cerrone strike?
“I feel I have the advantage of speed. I am confident and fully committed. I made this game what it is. I will remind everyone.
“I can read Donald Duck like a children’s book.”
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Will McGregor be ready to intervene if one of Tony Ferguson or Khabib leaves?
“Look at the story, someone always pulls out. They are known for not taking that walk. It’s something I said to Dana, yes.”
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Would McGregor prefer to fight Mayweather or Pacquiao?
“It is difficult, I would like a lot of revenge. I feel that now I could get that victory. For me, I have the aspiration to win a world boxing title and something that I will try to achieve in the future.
“I feel very confident in my boxing skills.”
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Any announcements about Zuffa Boxing?
“We’ll see what happens!”
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Why does McGregor behave so differently with Cowboy?
“I’m as real as possible. I react to how the situation is. This situation seems to be a little different, so I react accordingly. I’m just real.”
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Has Conor fought three times this year?
“If he does, plus you have Khabib against Tony and Jon Jones who will fight, it will be fine. Everything sounds good to me.”
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Does McGregor feel pressured to win?
“I don’t feel pressure, pressure creates diamonds. I’m well prepared, I’ll do a phenomenal show.”
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Dana White’s expectations
“We always end up great in 2019, January is usually the slowest time of the year, so starting with a fight like this is fantastic.”
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Going back to the real Conor McGregor
“Sometimes we have to go to certain places to realize what we have to do. I feel full of energy and reoriented.”
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McGregor fighting with new attention?
“I am still a young man looking for the stars, aspiring to do what has never been done before.”
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Did Cowboy’s attention change after getting the McGregor fight?
“Fighting just what I do. The fun comes in my training like this man [Conor], he hasn’t fought for a year and a half but I bet he trained every day. This is exactly what we do.
I’m still having fun, kicking a ** and doing what I do. “
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Fighting Alex Volkanovski with featherweight?
“Maybe it’s a little too much, but never say never.”
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A reporter asks if the fight was ever in danger of not happening because of McGregor’s legal problems
“No” is White’s straightforward answer.
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A reporter raises a question about McGregor’s legal issues: the crowd whistles and Dana White tries to shut him down.
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So far, it’s all very friendly – McGregor interrupts a question to integrate Cowboy on his jacket.
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Usman and Masvidal present – who does Conor imagine?
“I would like to take both, I would like that BMF title and then I would like gold. Gold has a little more meaning. Both are exciting – the most exciting would probably be me against Jorge.
“We will see what happens.”
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