Conor McGregor is back, and so are his surreal press conferences.
On Thursday, McGregor channeled his boisterous, trash-talking ways and took aim at Khabib Nurmagomedov during a meeting with the media at New York's Radio City Music Hall in advance of their lightweight title clash Oct. 6 at UFC 229.
"If you got off that bus, you'd be dead right now and I'd be in a cell," McGregor said, per MMAFighting.com's Marc Raimondi.
McGregor again referenced the bus melee as he tried to get in Nurmagomedov's face (Warning: contains profanity):
The Notorious also made sure to promote his new whiskey, Proper Twelve, while taunting his opponent:
When Nurmagomedov declined the drink, McGregor shot back and called him a "proper c--t."
And then there were the predictions:
"I'm going to truly love putting a beating on this little glass-jawed rat," McGregor added, per MMA Fighting.
Nurmagomedov, who was calm in the face of McGergor's strident barbs, sat by and picked his spots during the verbal sparring session.
Most notably, the lightweight champ focused on McGregor's pursuit of checks over belts: "You come for money, I come for legacy," he said, according to Bloody Elbow.
"What is this guy going to do October 6?" he added. "Does he think whiskey will help him?"
Nurmagomedov (26-0, 8 KOs) won the lightweight belt in April thanks to a unanimous decision defeat of Al Iaquinta at UFC 223.
In order to retain the strap, he will need to fend off Mcgregor (21-3, 18 KOs) when the Irishman returns to the Octagon for the first time since he downed Eddie Alvarez via second-round TKO at UFC 205 in November 2016.