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Published: 10:18 | 5/10/18

McGregor: Khabib is running scared

Conor McGregor believes his UFC 229 opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov is running scared ahead of their lightwweight title clash on Saturday night.

The final press conference ahead of their title bout took place in Las Vegas last night, with McGregor's mind games continuing as he turned up late for the event, keeping his Russian adversary waiting.

"When I sign up, you're going to get a fight. I come out fast and aggressive," said McGregor upon his arrival, before addressing the departure of Khabib who had left as a result of McGregor's tardiness.

"I did not plan this, I'm only a few minutes late. He should have stayed put, he doesn't want to be around me and these people. He is petrified.

"The traffic is heavy, there must be a McGregor fight."

Khabib by contrast, gave off nothing but confidence himself as he took a hard line.

"He has to kill me to stop me," said the Russian.

"How do I come here if I don't believe in myself? I'm a UFC champion, undefeated and undisputed.

"You have to believe. When you fight at high level you have to believe you're the champion and nobody can beat you."

You can watch Conor McGregor fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight strap at UFC 229 live on the eir sport pack on BT Sport 1. Coverage starts at 1am Saturday night/Sunday morning. 

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