White added: "All the numbers are tracking higher than Mayweather-McGregor and this fight is a global fight, the whole world will be literally watching this fight".
Nurmagomedov (26-0), who will be making the first defense of the UFC lightweight title he won after McGregor was stripped of the strap, showed up on time and angry for the start of the event, telling the pro-McGregor crowd, "I don't wait for nobody". Apparently angered by a confrontation between Nurmagomedov and another MMA fighter who is a training partner of McGregor's, the latter stormed into a parking area underneath Brooklyn's Barclays Center in April, looking for Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov and McGregor ended up answering questions separately Thursday, though it seemed to do little to dampen the excitement about their 155-pound showdown. If they're (UFC) trying to have me headline Madison Square Garden they don't got nobody else.
You could argue that this entry and the next should be tied at number one, and that's because there really isn't all that much in it. Nurmagomedov has been associated with McGregor in one way or another for a good few years, and he'll love nothing more than to make him pay for everything that he's said and done.
This version features exclusive cover art, in-game content, and bonuses of 500 UFC Ultimate Team Points, five Notorious Ultimate Team Packs, and one "Champion" of your choice: McGregor himself, Georges St. Pierre, Demetrious Johnson, Joanna Jędrzejczyk, or Anderson Silva. "It's the biggest fight in UFC history and we're going to break numbers, but for me it's personal".
Nurmagomedov admitted the first defence of his title is not just business for him. Why I have to worry about him? He doesn't want to be around me. "F*** peace, there will never be peace", McGregor said. I always say you should aim for peace but if you can't aim for peace, aim between the eyes. "(Nurmagomedov is) too easy to hit, too flat-footed, too predictable, I'm going to knock him clean out". Took a long f-king time for me to be here. "Never, ever, ever, over".
They could agree on one thing, though- neither fighter said they would shake the other's hand at the end of the fight.
When McGregor did finally arrive, he was carrying a bottle of his new Irish whiskey along with a message to Nurmagomedov.
The Irishman was relieved of the crown because of his hiatus from the octagon, having made a brief foray into boxing to challenge Floyd Mayweather in a highly lucrative contest in August a year ago.