Conor McGregor has vowed to “show who the king is” as he prepares for his UFC comeback against Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The 30-year-old Irishman will return to the Octagon for the first time in almost two years at UFC 229.
Lightweight champion Nurmagomedov is unbeaten in 26 fights and has the longest undefeated run in MMA history.
McGregor, who arrived late to the Thursday’s news conference, said: “I’m here to enjoy it.”
He added: “Khabib is petrified. I want him to show up for the fight.”
McGregor’s last appearance in UFC came in November 2016 when he beat Eddie Alvarez to add the lightweight belt to his featherweight title.
He was later stripped of both titles because of inactivity, with Nurmagomedov being installed as lightweight champion earlier this year – a decision that will never lie well with McGregor.
“My heart is black towards this man” he said.