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Whilst you were soundly tucked up in your bed last night, the UFC hype train that is on a collision course with Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 drew into yet another station.
With two fighters who genuinely dislike each other, a criminal case and even a whisky product launch, this fight is a promoter's dream.
Anyway, this one was never going to be a quiet one, was it?
On this occasion, Conor even brought out a bottle of his new whisky to share with everyone, including his opponent.
Khabib, for his part, declined. Of course, he is a devout Sunni Muslim, so he was never going to take it in the first instance.
Outside of the drinks reception, Conor managed to stir up controversy with a few choice comments about Khabib's manager Ali Abdelaziz.
During the staredown, Abdelaziz obviously said something that wasn't to McGregor's liking. Naturally, he responded in typically considered and rational fashion.
"Shut your mouth, Ali Abdelaziz," he said.
"You terrorist snitch! I know a lot about you as well, you mad man. I know a lot about you as well!
"You keep your mouth shut, kid! How's Noah? How's Noah? Yeah, shut your mouth! Never speak about me, ever in your life! Watch yourself around me, 'cuz you'll be out of here quick."
I mean, what? Who is Noah?
Well, one MMA journalist thinks he has the answer.
After the conference, Mike Russel tweeted:
FYI, Noah is the son Ali abandoned in Colorado when he started as an informant for the NYPD and who he is $50k behind in child support for. @TheNotoriousMMA does his homework when preparing for war.
- Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) September 20, 2018
A source close to the family says Ali Abdelaziz recently tried to clear up his more than $50k in 11 yrs of outstanding back child support by offering to pay his son he ditched in 2006 $10k. The lowball offer came with a caveat that his mother who raised him not get a dime of it.
- Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) July 15, 2018
Whoa. Even for Conor, that's close to the bone.
Did this fight needed any more petrol poured on it? Merely months earlier, Conor and his chums destroyed a bus to get at Khabib BEFORE the fight had even been arranged.
Either way, one man who still has a smile on his face is Dana White. The UFC chief said: "We were just looking at the streams and this press conference beat the highest rated MayMac [Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather] the press tour...
"It's going to be the biggest pay-per-view we've ever done. We're trending at 2.5 million pay-per-views. It's one of the biggest ever. Not just the UFC, but ever."
The fight will take place in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on 6 October. Brace yourselves.
Featured Image Credit: PA
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