Conor McGregor vs Khabib: Notorious offering Nurmagomedov a drink before UFC 229

Conor McGregor vs Khabib

Back in 2018, it truly was an elite time to be a UFC fan.

The Conor McGregor/Khabib Nurmagomedov rivalry can never be replicated. It was unlike anything any combat sports fan had ever had the pleasure to bear witness to.

Putting it simply, both men despised each other. Friends, family and religion were dragged into a feud that had every single UFC fan glued to their screen.

Today, we are throwing it back to this absolute gem of a clip that came out of the much-anticipated press conference between the two bitter rivals.

It so happened to be Khabib’s birthday on the day the pair had their first encounter, and rather politely, the Irishman offered the Russian a celebratory drink of his own Proper Twelve whiskey.

Although the gesture wasn’t as well-mannered as it seemed.

Khabib is a Muslim and doesn’t drink alcohol, and despite refusing his foe’s gift, the Irishman continued to push the liquor closer to him.

“You mad backwards, c***!”

“You’re dead when I get my hands on you!”

Notorious caused quite the stir with the remarks that he made throughout the entirety of this press conference.

Reacting to the press conference, Dana White admitted: “It was the darkest press conference I have ever been a part of.

“You could tell Khabib was boiling inside.”

Opening up on Mike Tyson’s podcast, Khabib labelled Conor as “evil.”

“When [McGregor] talk about this, you know, only evil can talk about your father, wife, kids, religion.

“If you’re normal, you’re never going to talk about this stuff.”

McGregor has a way with words, and throughout the entirety of his career he has used verbal warfare to defeat his opponents before stepping into the cage.

Khabib was one of very few fighters who didn’t succumb to his verbal tactics, however, as he sliced through the Irishman like butter, mauling him, and submitting him in round four of their UFC 229 bout.

UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor Press Conference
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 20: Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov faces-off with Conor McGregor during the UFC 229 Press Conference at Radio City Music Hall on September 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

In a rather cold response to pre-fight comments made by McGregor, Khabib could be heard talking to the Irishman as he smashed his face from top position.

“Huh? Let’s talk now. Talk. Let’s talk now. Let’s talk.”

A Conor McGregor press conference is a spectacle that no other UFC fighter will be able to replicate.

His verbal assault of Khabib will be remembered for years to come and clips like these will be played long after the Irishman has gone.

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