The normal fanfare that comes with a McGregor bout has been compounded with the personal feel around this one, as he and the Russian Khabib have had run-ins in the past.
The Irishman hasn't fought in the UFC Octagon since UFC 205 when he defeated Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight title.
The last time he competed in any code was in a money-spinning boxing one-off against Floyd Mayweather back in August of 2014.
Unsurprisingly, McGregor was the headliner as the UFC was staged in the Big Apple for the first time and he marked the occasion by joining all-time greats Randy Couture and BJ Penn in winning UFC titles across two weight classes, while he was the first to hold two belts at the same time.
"I sacrificed so much to gain those world titles and then as soon as I win the second world title - I hadn't even been offered a featherweight contest - and the featherweight title was taken off me". They wanted the world tours, but I was like I'm a bit confused by what you're asking here.More news: Toddler shreds more than $1,000 in cash
"Many things irritated me in the game and just watching it all unfold, I just became a lot hungrier to come back and show who the real king is".
Conor McGregor admits he "fell out of love" with mixed martial arts but says his hunger has returned as he prepares for his long-awaited UFC return.
"Dustin and Nate are competing, I know that the 170-pounds belt has also just been defended and I know Tyron is itching for that fight, like they all f***ing are".
McGregor was also asked about another major draw in former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
Speaking on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show, Conor admitted: "a lot has happened" over the previous year, adding "only God can judge me". "I have got my eye on everyone". Georges [St-Pierre] is test cutting 155 and I know everyone is around looking for it.More news: In a surprise, first alien moon discovered is big and gaseous
"Let's see who backs up first".
Is Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov on BT Sport? "I know there's [Anthony] Pettis and [Tony] Ferguson in the co-main".
Well, Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis now are scheduled to fight in the co-main event Saturday, and McGregor sounds willing to square off with either competitor should that be presented to him as a potential replacement fight. Of course, if Khabib Nurmagomedov pulls out of their showdown. It's no secret how badly UFC, which announced a new six-fight deal with McGregor, needs him, which is why it appears anything short of the ownership stake McGregor demanded after UFC 205 isn't off limits.
"But now that I'm here and I'm back and I'm close, I think if he didn't show up, I think I would take a fight against either one of those".More news: India On Course For a Victory vs Windies After Enforcing Follow-on