UFC megastar Conor McGregor recently declared the upcoming UFC 229 press conference as open to the public. However, it would appear that is simply not the case.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be hosting UFC 229 on Oct. 6, live on pay-per-view. The event will take place from within the illustrious T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Headlining the night’s card, Conor McGregor will be making his massive octagon return as he challenges undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title. In promotion for the evnet, the world’s most famous mixed martial arts promotion is hosting a press conference on Thursday, Sept. 20, from within the Radio City Music Hall in New York.
While the press conference was reported as being closed to the public, Conor McGregor quickly took to Twitter to claim that the event would be open to fight fans.
“The press conference will be open to the public.”
The press conference will be open to the public.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 18, 2018
The former two-division champion quickly followed up that any fan that came to the event with a bottle of his newly released “Proper 12” whiskey would gain entry to the press conference.
“The ticket for entry is a bottle of @ProperWhiskey. 2 bottles and you skip the Q to the top. My soldiers will be outside making sure this rule is strictly adhered to. Radio city Hall. UFC 229 Press conference.”
The ticket for entry is a bottle of @ProperWhiskey.
2 bottles and you skip the Q to the top.
My soldiers will be outside making sure this rule is strictly adhered to.
Radio city Hall. UFC 229 Press conference.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 19, 2018
The UFC has since offered a statement on the matter, claiming that the conference is in fact still closed to the public.
“The press conference is not open to the public, it is for media only. We are directing all fans to Times Square where it will be shown for public viewing.”