There Will Be Blood, It Just Won’t Be Bad

UFC 246 Press Conference

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Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone came face-to-face for the first time during the UFC 246 pre-fight press conference inside the The Pearl at The Palms Resort and Casino (video replay here).

And if you bet on Conor showing up late, you are out a few bucks since “Notorious” —for the first time ever — showed up on time for the festivities.

Much to everyone’s surprise, it was a rather calm affair, which is an odd thing to say when “Notorious” is on the mic. Indeed, Conor and Donald showered one another with mutual respect, as McGregor complimented Donald’s attire, while “Cowboy” praised the Irishman’s all-around arsenal.

It was a love-fest all around.

And while Conor — the former UFC “champ-champ” — promised there will plenty of blood spilled inside the Octagon come fight night, there isn’t any bd blood between he and his upcoming opponent.

“I have respect for Donald. He has earned my respect through his activity and through just observing him,” said Conor during the recent pre-fight press conference.

“He steps up. He goes through divisions also, not many a man in the business does that. He’s been around so long.”

”It’s hard not to respect Donald,” he added. “There will be no bad blood here. But there will be blood spilled. Make no mistake about that.”

Usually, Conor is busy hurling insults and trying to play mind games during any presser he’s involved in, as was the case with his last couple of fights against Khabib Nurmagomedov and Floyd Mayweather. So to see a calm, cool and collected McGregor during a presser was a site to see.

That said, Conor is adamant he is coming in to the new year with a new mindset, so there’s that. Plus, it also speaks to the level of respect McGregor has toward “Cowboy,” which is something shared by the entire mixed martial arts (MMA) community.

Still, we can expect the pleasantries to go out the window once fight night rolls around, as “Notorious” has a lot banking on this fight, including a potential Lightweight title fight.

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