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The official UFC 246 press conference was very shocking. First off…. it started on time (unusual) with Conor McGregor in attendance from the start (even more unusual). Then as McGregor and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone sat there and answered questions, there was not an ounce of disrespect or any comical lines dropped.
“It’s hard not to respect Donald right now and he has my respect and even though there will be blood spilled on January 18th, it won’t be bad blood,” McGregor said.
That line from McGregor may have been the closest he got to disrespecting his opponent.
“I am as real as it gets. This situation is different. Theres nothing false, nothing fake it is just me being real and who I am,” said the Dublin, Ireland native.
McGregor, 31, will make his first appearance since losing a lightweight championship fight to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October of 2018. While he’s had plenty of negative headlines throughout the past few years, he vows that he’s fully dialed into this weekends fight.
“Im very eager to return and to perform for the fans on January 18th,” said McGregor. “I don’t think I changed or altered. I’m just committed, focus and happy to be here.”
“The Notorious” was asked to be mystic mac and he did predict a knockout win and then follow that up by making 2020 a big year for himself. As for the man he’ll be facing, he’s hoping the fight won’t be quick because he wants a war.
“I’m looking forward to four or five rounds of battle with this dude,” said Cerrone. I don’t want it to be easy. I cannot f—ing wait until Saturday night.”
In the lead up to this fight many people seem to be writing “Cowboy” off despite being the UFC’s leader in fight (33), wins (23), finishes (16), post-fight bonuses (18), knockdowns (20) and knockouts via kicks (7).
“I don’t think he’s looking past me,” said the 36 year old Cowboy. “We prepare to have to beat our opponents even if we are at our worst. He knows I’m coming.”
McGregor and Cerrone will headline UFC 246 this weekend from the T-mobile arena in Las Vegas. Viewers can watch the fight live on pay per view.