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Marc RaimondiESPN Workers Author
LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor walked out on stage, shook fingers with UFC president Dana White and then turned to opponent Donald Cerrone. There was no pull-apart confrontation or bottles traveling like earlier marketing situations. Rather, McGregor extended his hand and exchanged pleasantries with Cerrone.
That was how the relaxation of the UFC 246 prefight information convention went Wednesday at the Palms Vacation resort On line casino. There was pretty little trash chat, several barbs and a lot more compliments than venom. At 1 point, McGregor complimented Cerrone’s python-pores and skin jacket. Cerrone identified as McGregor “f—ing great.”
The setting and McGregor’s demeanor have been in stark contrast to former McGregor information conferences. When McGregor went up from Khabib Nurmagomedov, the insults ended up pretty private. In opposition to Nate Diaz, McGregor was fiery and intense. Now, much more than 15 months following falling to Nurmagomedov by submission and searching for his to start with UFC win considering the fact that 2016, McGregor was pretty much demure.
“It really is tough not to respect Donald suitable now at this phase,” McGregor said. “He has my regard. And though there will be blood spilled on Jan. 18, it will not be undesirable blood. And for the Mystic Mac prediction, it will be a KO.”
At a 2015 information meeting, Cerrone and McGregor went at each and every other verbally even nevertheless they weren’t slated to battle. Cerrone chided McGregor for wanting to go up to his light-weight division. At the time, McGregor was competing at featherweight. Saturday’s fight is at welterweight — 15 lbs . heavier than lightweight. Cerrone mentioned he had improved his tune on McGregor.
“He did almost everything he reported he was gonna do, failed to he?” Cerrone reported. “Any feelings? Yeah, he’s f—ing great man and I’m honored to share the detail with him.”
Cerrone even arrived to McGregor’s protection at just one issue in the news conference. A reporter questioned McGregor about the New York Moments report that he is remaining investigated for two alleged sexual assaults in his house state of Eire.
“We are below to chat about a struggle, nothing at all he does outdoors of combating,” Cerrone claimed.
Lovers booed the reporter who asked McGregor about the investigations, and White further more shut down the query expressing McGregor “answered these questions yesterday on ESPN.” White mentioned the allegations did not direct to any issue that McGregor vs. Cerrone would be in peril.
Also at the celebration, McGregor mentioned he could battle once again quickly if factors go properly ample from Cerrone. “The Infamous” stated he could probably return March 7 at UFC 248 in Las Vegas, a card that does not at this time have a main event. That would be the quickest turnaround of his UFC occupation.
“Of course,” McGregor mentioned soon after getting questioned about UFC 248. “God keen, we occur out secure from this bout below Saturday evening. Most unquestionably, March would be very well attainable.”
When asked about that, White stated “just about anything is doable” and it would be determined pursuing the fight with Cerrone on Saturday.
Who would be a potential UFC 248 opponent? A composed McGregor did not seem too involved.
“Line them f—in’ up,” he said. “I could not treatment. Any weight, any division. Any anything. I am in prime ailment and all set to go.”