ByStephen Adamson, writer at Creators.co
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I love this quote.

"You've seen Conor on salads... now watch what he's like on steak."

1. Rolling Stone, thank you for putting me as one of your top 25 sex symbols of 2015! My Mother will be delighted and proud! 2. ESPN, FOX, BT Sports, MMA Fighting, Yahoo, MMA Junkie and Sherdog thank you all for awarding me fighter of the year 2015! I appreciate all the hardworking media and their love and commitment to the sport is truly valued. 3. Fighters Only MMA Awards, thank you for the nominations for Fighter of the Year, KO of the Year, International Fighter of the year. I will be in Las Vegas to attend the event and collect all my awards. 4. Floyd Mayweather, don't ever bring race into my success again. I am an Irishman. My people have been oppressed our entire existence. And still very much are. I understand the feeling of prejudice. It is a feeling that is deep in my blood. In my family's long history of warfare there was a time where just having the name 'McGregor' was punishable by death. Do not ever put me in a bracket like this again. If you want we can organise a fight no problem. I will give you a fair 80/20 split purse in my favour seen as your last fight bombed at every area of revenue. At 27 years of age I now hold the key to this game. The game answers to me now. 5. Media instigators/An Garda Siochana. I apologise for having the air-soft in public. I was simply rehearsing for a potential upcoming film role. I understand that the more traffic a story can get the more revenue it generates. So I understand and respect that the media must create these stories and these situations even if at times it is at other people's expense. We've all got to eat. And I eat well. So I will not complain. 6. My next fight. What can I say, it's just another night of easy work for me. I don't just own the game. I run it too.

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That's essentially the sentiment of the Conor McGregor camp right now. Here's what McGregor's coach John Kavanagh had to say in a written statement about his fighter's mindset going into UFC 197.

"There was another option on the table at lightweight, but this is the fight we wanted because it will be the first time any fighter has held two UFC belts simultaneously. B.J. Penn tried but was unable to manage it, but I suppose if there's one thing Conor enjoys doing more than knocking people out, it's breaking records."

"Look at this as a warm-up fight, albeit a dangerous one against the lightweight champion," Kavanagh wrote.

Baby we did it!!

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He also added the following...

"If Conor's next fight was announced as being against Frankie, there would be a lot of complaints about him cutting too much weight and being too big for the rest of the 145lbs guys. People would also claim that he was running from Rafael dos Anjos. Instead, they'll say he should be staying at featherweight and that he's afraid of Frankie. But as I've said many times before, it's great that questions are being asked because answering them is what sport is all about. The day there are no more questions being asked of you is the day you're no longer relevant."

Welterweight is the mission

"I've said from the beginning that welterweight may not be out of the question. One of Conor's main sparring partners, Gunnar Nelson, is a welterweight, so Conor is very used to that feel. I would not be at all surprised if we're preparing to go for a third belt a year from now."

Kavanagh thinks it will be over fairly quickly too...

"Dos Anjos has looked more comfortable with his striking in his last few fights, so I think he'll have a level of comfort on his feet, which he'll want to test against Conor. If so, he'll end up leaning into shots and being hit hard and early. I believe this will be another one that won't see the end of the first round. If dos Anjos manages to survive the first exchange, he'll become a panicked grappler. Should that happen, I'm looking forward to people getting an opportunity to see just how comfortable Conor is in that regard."

(Via: MMAFighting)