CONOR MCGREGOR has fired a chilling message to Khabib Nurmagomedov ahead of UFC 229.
McGregor will take on bitter rival Nurmagomedov, his successor for the lightweight title, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, USA, next month.
The bout has been nearly two years in the making, and tensions between the pair rose when McGregor attacked a bus at the UFC 223 media day in April.
UFC 229’s headline event is expected to be the biggest event in the promotion’s history.
McGregor has been relatively quiet about Nurmagomedov in the build up, but he took the opportunity to raise the temperature on social media.
He posted on Instagram a snap of himself in training and added the caption: “If he dies, he dies then I’m paid twice.”
The ‘If he dies, he dies’ line appears to be an homage to Rocky IV.
Ivan Drago uttered the line after beating Apollo Creed to death in the ring.
Meanwhile, UFC chief Dana White has predicted McGregor’s return to the Octagon will “blow people away”.
McGregor has not set foot inside the cage for nearly two years, and fought Floyd Mayweather Jr in a controversial boxing match during that time.
“I am confident it will do two million on pay-per-view,” White told Yahoo Sports.
He added: “Believe me when I tell you, this will be massive.
“It’s going to blow people away how big this event will be.”