Khabib Nurmagomedov Rips 'Drunk' Conor McGregor, Says He's 'Angry'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2018

Conor McGregor, right, and Khabib Nurmagomedov pose for pictures during a news conference in New York, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. McGregor is returning to UFC after a two-year absence. He fights undefeated Nurmagomedov on Oct. 6. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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The war of words between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor continued on Monday, with Nurmagomedov suggesting that McGregor used drugs and drank excessively. 

"At press conference, he look like drunk guy. It's crazy," Nurmagomedov said during an interview with ESPN's Brett Okamoto. "It's very interesting. How you want to fight when you use lot of drugs and whiskey? How you want to fight 25 minutes? This is not boxing, brother. I'm going to be close all the time. This is not a distance fight with Nate Diaz. This is completely different."

He continued: "I can control my emotion. He can say whatever he want. When some alcoholic guy is talking about something, people don't care about this. I don't care about what he's talking about. He wants to make me nervous, this is part of his game. Of course, I'm a little bit angry, but you have to control your emotion."

Nurmagomedov was referencing McGregor drinking his Proper No. Twelve whiskey during a press conference for the upcoming fight between the pair. McGregor was promoting the whiskey, which is also one of the official sponsors for Saturday's UFC 229.

As Okamoto noted, McGregor even offered Nurmagomedov a glass of whiskey, but his opponent declined, telling McGregor he abstains from drinking alcohol.

The heated history between the two fighters reached a boiling point in April, when McGregor threw several objects at Nurmagomedov's bus in Brooklyn and shattered one of its windows with a dolly. McGregor was arrested and ultimately pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, though per his plea agreement, all of the felony charges against him were dropped and he avoided jail time. 

Nurmagomedov suggested to Okamoto that he might bring up the bus incident while talking trash during the fight itself.

"With him, I'm going to talk a little bit different. Make him humble, teach him, sometimes slap him, make him tired.

"I'm gonna ask him, 'Where is your bus, now? Where is your other guys? What happen now? Where is everything? Bring everybody here.' We'll see. We'll see. It's going to be interesting. Sometimes, you never know what you're gonna say. Maybe talk with Dana [White]. Crush his hype."

Nurmagomedov and McGregor will face off on Saturday night at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, with Nurmagomedov's lightweight title on the line. But given the history between the fighters and Nurmagomedov's latest comments, the stakes have become personal, too.