Conor McGregor was a guest on the MMA Hour tonight and he certainly didn’t disappoint. He talked about a variety of topics including UFC 189, The Ultimate Fighter, and his upcoming fight with Jose Aldo. Here are some of the highlights:
On Jose Aldo – “I’m not trying to get into his head, I’m not trying to mess with him. Honestly, I’m not messing when I say I’m trying to cuddle him and baby him to this fight, because when you put it on a man too much they don’t show up. I’m taking my foot off the pedal, I wish Jose well, I wish him a safe camp. I hope to see him on the night but I still don’t think he will. I’m rarely wrong, but like always, I will be there.”
On being home in Ireland – “The support I’m getting is unbelievable, everyone at home understands all I’ve been through so, since I’ve been back, my people have recognised that. They haven’t been invasive, they’ve been respectful; it’s a great vibe….. It’s been amazing for me.”
On Croke Park – “We haven’t talked about what’s next, we’re still talking what’s now. Croke Park will definitely happen……. I’d like the Croke Park fight to be my 155 pound lightweight title fight, but we’ll see.”
On the ‘Go Big’ press conference – “By myself I would have whooped everyone’s asses there, make no mistake about that. I essentially set the game on fire there at that press conference and flew home to Dublin, Ireland with my sweet, sweet belt, and my multi-millions of dollars and I want my next multi nine-figure contract en route. That’s what I did, I just let everyone up there know what I bring, my worth. Even fights that are linked to my name have main-event status. There’s no other fighter in the game that has that. When a fighter loses to me, it’s a draw. They can go and headline other events and make seven-figure revenues and that’s what I’m doing (for them). That’s what my name brings, it gives you that status. Numbers rule in this game and I’m the ruler of the numbers.”
On Luke Rockhold – “What’s the middleweight guy, Luke? He was talking about, it’s about being number one. I was looking at that schmuck, I was like, ‘listen here, you’re on this romantic battler TV show, don’t talk to me about this s**t. You’re a bum, he’s a bum, like the rest of them are bums, and I just want to let that be known.”
On The Ultimate Fighter – “I enjoyed it. I didn’t want to be in people’s faces. The coaching staff that I brought over, I wanted to give them a platform, but they (editors) haven’t really played into that too much, they just played on me not being there, then being there. The coaching staff I brought did a phenomenal job. I didn’t baby anybody, I don’t need to hold anybody’s hand. Urijah played it like “Team this, and you gotta push push push” but they’re all banged up. You’ve got to create an environment where they can come into the gym and free their body, sharpen their mind and send them in. Keep watching, I know there’s controversy about my coaching style against his, but let’s see how it plays out.”
On Ronda Rousey – “I have a lot of respect for Ronda. Rightfully so, she’s as dominant as they come. I’m a big fan of Ronda and always have been. I big up her fights and celebrate her fights. Ronda is the queen and I am the king (of the UFC).”
On Jon Jones and Nick Diaz – “He’s back now, I’m happy to see him back. Jon’s a great guy, I’ve met him many times. I messaged him a few weeks back wishing him well in this time and I can’t wait to see him back, just to give him that bit of support. The same way with that Nick Diaz situation, which is absolutely ridiculous, I just can’t wrap my head around that whole situation. I wish him well as well. I’ve always been a big fan of Nick and it will be a shame if he never laces up the gloves again to make that octagon walk.”
On moments that stood out after UFC 189 – “When I got home from Vegas, I spoiled my family. I took every bill off their hands, every single bill. I paid my mother’s mortgage, I bought them all new cars. On the rise, I always dreamed of giving and how it would feel to be able to do this. These are the things that motivate me, this is why I push and push; so I can come home and do this for my mother, for my family, for those who have been there since day one. I just want to give to the people who have given me so much. But the special moment for me was when my mother came into the octagon and I hugged her.”
On Pettis’ (and other’s) criticisms of him – “I don’t care. They’ll never give me the credit I deserve and I don’t seek credit from them. All I want off them is cash. Pettis can say that, but who has he fought? You know? I like Anthony, I think he could be a good fight down the line, but that’s a crazy statement from him. He lost his last fight so he needs to check his mind frame and make his climb back because as far as I’m concerned, he’s back on the Fight Pass events right now. There will always be something. When Jose falls in one, they’ll come up with something else. I’ll still be here and I’ll still be winning.”
Love him or hate him, Conor McGregor is never one to shy away from giving his opinion and telling everyone exactly it how he sees it.
Dana White gives an update on the lightweight title picture
When it comes to the lightweight division there is always a lot of talk with very little clarification. But now it seems Dana White has had enough of waiting for champion Conor McGregor and plans to move on in his absence.
“The Notorious” Conor McGregor won the UFC lightweight title back in November 2016 at UFC 205 where he became the first fighter to hold two belts simultaneously, however, he has not competed in MMA since.
Speaking on Sunday night’s after UFC Fight Night St. Louis UFC President Dana White said “Conor has said he is thinking about coming back in September if he comes back in September that’s almost two years, that can’t happen. It’s not fair to everybody else. Love Conor, respect Conor, love everything he’s done for this company, everybody knows that I say it all the time. The belt would have to move on.”
White also spoke about the two men that would fight for the lightweight belt saying “You do Khabib versus Tony, we’re working on that fight now and if and when Conor comes back he would get the first crack at the title.”
Then when presenter Karyn Bryant pushed for clarification and asked: “So you’re saying that Conor could possibly be stripped of his title?” Dana responded without hesitation “absolutely”.
"Conor has said he's thinking about coming back in September. If he comes back in September, that's almost two years…that can't happen." — @danawhite
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) January 15, 2018
The news will excite UFC fans across the globe who have been clamoring for the Ferguson vs Khabib matchup which they have been denied on three separate occasions. No date was confirmed for the potential matchup but rumors have been circulating that the UFC is targeting UFC 223 in April.
Conor McGregor reacts to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win at UFC 219
On Saturday night the world watched as Khabib Nurmagomedov dismantled the striking expert Edson Barboza at UFC 219. The reactions were filled with praise for the undefeated Russian fighter. Media members and fans alike were calling Nurmagomedov one of the best lightweights in the world, but there is one man the world was waiting to hear from, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. McGregor was silent following the fight between Nurmagomedov and Barboza, that is until Monday morning when he took to Twitter to state his opinion about the Number one contender.
That Dagestani was dog shit the other night you's are all nuts. Game full of sloppy bums asking to be slept. Pay me my worth and Kings back.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 1, 2018
Truly truly truly get on your fucking knees and beg me. Otherwise I don't give a bollox.
My whiskey is out this year and thats Diddy bread.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 1, 2018
“Truly truly truly get on your fucking knees and beg me,” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “Otherwise, I don’t give a bollox. My whiskey is out this year and that’s Diddy bread.” The whiskey that McGregor is referring to is his very own grand that he announced would be coming out following his loss to Floyd Mayweather this past August.
Rumors about McGregor’s return have ranged from him retiring from fighting to live a life of wealth with his family, to expect his return to the UFC this summer. No one really knows if McGregor will ever defend his UFC lightweight belt, but if he is to do so UFC President Dana White has said that it will be against interim champion Tony Ferguson.
Ferguson was also seeking a fight with Nurmagomedov prior to winning the interim belt against Kevin Lee. It is entirely possible that we will see these two battle for the interim title in the octagon before we see the return of Conor McGregor. Of course, these days there are no guarantees in regards to title contention, McGregor and his camp have publically stated that they would like to face Nurmagomedov in his home country of Russia.
Conor McGregor has ‘Every intention of fighting in 2018’
Despite being inactive since his historic boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August, Conor McGregor is never far from the headlines. Recently his out of cage antics have got people questioning if he’ll ever be back.
Thankfully the UFC lightweight champion appears to have cleared up any rumors about his fighting career.
Speaking to his sponsor Betsafe, the “Notorious” Conor McGregor said “My focus is getting back into the right ring or octagon. 2017 was historic. I have transcended both the sport of MMA and boxing. At this stage of my career, as it has been for the majority of my UFC career, potential opponents must lobby for fights with me. We could see Conor McGregor anywhere. I run the fight game, the fashion game, the whiskey game or whatever the next business endeavor might be”.
McGregor added, “I have every intention of fighting in 2018 if my compensation and business development endeavors accurately reflect my influence on combat sports.”
This comes just two weeks after UFC President Dana White told reporters “Conor might never fight again. The guy’s got $100 (expletive) million. I’ve got guys that made less than that and were lawyers and went to school their whole life and quit working.”
White went on to say “Try to get up and get punched in the face every day when you’ve got $100 million in the bank. Money changes everything with a lot of people.”
White also told reporters that the “Notorious one”, “can’t be paid enough money” and that he is “worth every penny and more.” McGregor’s recent statement suggests he knows that and won’t be back till his demands are met.
The UFC lightweight division has been stalled in the absence of the champion McGregor and now the interim champion Tony Ferguson has undergone surgery. The UFC has been known the remove belts from fighters who have been delayed for extended amounts of time, this would be highly unlikely with the popularity of McGregor.
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