Silva, the former UFC middleweight champion whose United States Anti-Doping Agency suspension for two banned substances expires on November 10, heard about McGregor's interest and is open to fighting McGregor next. Just past the 30-minute mark, McGregor finally arrived to a huge cheer and the former two-division champion answered a steady stream of questions. White also announced that the victor of the UFC 223 main event between Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway would receive McGregor's belt.
Nurmagomedov added: "I know you're going to love me".
While many fans will justly point to Chad Mendes' short training camp for the loss, there is no question that Conor McGregor proved that he is capable of fighting through adversity in his bout with "Money".
McGregor, known to be notoriously late for such gatherings, blamed his late arrival on traffic.
McGregor and his entourage reportedly sought to confront Nurmagomedov following a press conference at the Barclays Center, claiming the Russian had intimidated one of the Irish fighter's friends, Artem Lobov.
"There must be a McGregor fight".
Nurmagomedov's actions took even White by surprise but he was full of praise for how the Russian handled the situation.
"My heart is black toward this man, toward his team, toward his people", McGregor said while promising a knockout victory. I have to go make weight. "I'm going to settle this the noble way for myself and see what happens after that".
Conor showed up nearly 30 minutes late to the event in Las Vegas - blaming insane traffic. There must be a McGregor fight going on.
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"I think beginning of first round I have to be careful with him because he has good timing and good boxing but my wrestling is my pressure", Nurmagomedov said.
"That's a sign, he doesn't want to be around me, he doesn't want to be around these people (the crowd)".
He said: "For me this is more than defending my title".
"I'm a little bit emotional", said Nurmagomedov, who lives and trains in San Jose. I did not plan this, I tried to get here.
"For me, this is more than a fight for the title", he said.
"For me, personally, I think this is a boring fight because everybody knows Khabib will try to put McGregor in the ground".
Nurmagomedov commented on the altercation, telling MMAFighting.com that he didn't want McGregor to go to jail and would rather settle their issues fighting.
Although Nurmagomedov enters the event as champion, McGregor had the belt prior to him and never was dethroned inside the octagon.
The truth is that the current UFC lightweight champion, Nurmagomedov is really a bad stylistic matchup for any fighter. "But if you can't aim for peace, aim between the eyes", he bellowed.