Conor McGregor was garnering plenty of attention even before he signed with the UFC, and the featherweight prospect demonstrated why at his Octagon debut in April, by putting away Marcus Brimage in the first round. Since then, the Irish fighter has continue to capture headlines not only because he’s set to fight Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 26 (which is an awesome fight), but because of some of the comments he’s made.
For example, not long after Jose Aldo stopped “The Korean Zombie” at UFC 163, McGregor let it be known that he wouldn’t have trouble “”with either of them”. The 25 year-old also added that “I’m bringing more hype than everyone else combined.” People, especially veteran fighters, tend to notice statements like that.
Cub Swanson has also been in the spotlight lately thanks to a five fight winning streak, which includes wins over fellow contenders like Dustin Poirier and most recently Dennis Siver. While appearing on the MMA Roasted podcast recently, here’s what the surging veteran had to say about McGregor and some of the statements he’s made (quote via Fighters Only Magazine.com).
“I like the kid, I really see a future for him in the UFC because he is talented. But he runs his mouth and you’ve got to be careful when you do that,” he tells MMA Roasted.
“For some reason he decided to take a shot at me. I’m a fan of many fighters but as soon as they start looking at me the fighter in me comes out and I’m like, ‘You better watch your damn mouth.’”
“That would be a fight that I would love to do once he makes a name for himself but right now he is still a nobody. If he lives up to the hype he can fight me down the road but for now he has to fight somebody in the top ten first.”
Plenty of eyes are certainly going to be on McGregor this Saturday to see how he performs versus Holloway. If McGregor scores another big win, he very well could be tapped to fight a top contender in just his third UFC bout.
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