Conor McGregor has never been one to keep his opinions to himself. No matter how outlandish or egregious his thoughts are, he tosses them out without a care in the world of what anybody thinks about them...or him.
On Thursday, in front of the press, McGregor was in his usual form.
“I think there’s many scared (expletive) in the fight game. “They don’t take risks, and people that don’t risk will never climb to the next level.
“I take risks.’’
At 5' 9" and 170 pounds, the Irish fighter is hardly ready to compete in the heavyweight division. What his body lack in size, his most more than makes top for.
He eyes Diaz down the table at the press event and stated:
“I will eat his carcass in front of his little gazelle friends and he can do nothing.’’
Bold words, but words that he has, so far, been able to back up. He has won his last 6 out of 7 fights by KO or TKO.
His knockouts aren't the only thing backing up his claims. McGregor has become a powerful force in the UFC mainly because of the fact that he can sell tickets. Along with the UFC seemingly letting McGregor do whatever he wants to do whether it be jumping weight divines for handpicking his opponents.
In fact, if science catches up to that of science fiction movies, there's only one fighter Conor McGregor would really want to fight. That would be... Conor McGregor
“I’d like to fight myself, if I really could. Imagine the numbers … if there was two of me.’’
Given the insane prices for his fight this Saturday with Diaz, all I gotta say to that is... he ain't wrong.
McGregor's road to superstardom has been a relatively short one. It was a mere 8 years ago that McGregor gave up his plumber's apprentice gig in order to pursue MMA full time. Something his father warned him against doing.
Now, McGregor walks in to the press event in a three piece suit, designer sunglasses and a flashy gold watch... oh yeah... and a championship belt on his shoulder. One could say he made the right call walking away from unclogging people's toilets.
UFC President, Dana White, isn't clueless to the phenomenon that he has on his hands. That's part of the reason McGregor gets so much leeway.
“(McGregor) said, ‘I’m going to gym right now. I’ll fight anybody. It’s very rare. You don’t see that. Ever.’’
Something that McGregor, of course, backs up.
“I don’t give a (expletive) about weight.’’
As for McGregor's current opponent? McGregor has very specific plans for how he's going to deal with Diaz once he gets him in the ring.
“I’m certainly going to toy with the young boy. I’m going to play with him.’’
But that doesn't mean that McGregor doesn't have respect for his soon-to-be "toy." In fact, McGregor, in a rare moment, applauded Diaz's work in the community. (Insert sarcasm here).
“He’s like a little cholo gangster from the hood. But at the same time he coaches kids jiu jitsu on a Sunday morning, and goes on bike rides with the elderly. He makes gun signs with the right hand, and animal balloons on the left hand. You’re a credit to the community.”
A lack of respect for his opponents is nothing new for McGregor. To be honest, the fighter who vowed to rip down the 30-foot banner of retired boxer Floyd Mayweather on the side of the MGM Grand Hotel and replace it with his own, can only have respect for one fighter. Himself.