ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

On the eve of the big title fight, Conor McGregor isn't slowing down with his barrage of insults aimed at Jose Aldo.

His latest tirade accuses the current featherweight champ of trying to avoid the matchup, going as far as saying the UFC is forcing him to show up and fight.

"I feel that he feels like he's handcuffed," McGregor said at a pre-fight media event. "He's handcuffed and forced into this. He doesn't want to be here. He's forced."

McGregor further insinuated that Aldo has already lost the mental battle, and just wants it all to be over.

He is confused. He doesn't know where he is. He doesn't know what's going on. He just cannot wait for it to be over, and that's what I saw when I looked at him yesterday.

This certainly isn't the first time that McGregor has accused the champ of cowardice. His comments echo his response when Aldo dropped out of their originally scheduled matchup in July. Aldo was forced out of that bout after suffering a broken rib during training, although McGregor has publicly disputed that story.

However, McGregor did add that Aldo could earn his respect if he shows up and "fights with his heart."

Respect, for me, is earned through battle. If he shows up, fights with his heart, he will have my respect. But I cannot respect a man that has run and has evaded. If he stands opposed from me and gives me the exchanges he says he can, he will have my respect.

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