For Conor McGregor, pressure isn’t a problem. And he doesn’t believe his UFC Fight Night 59 opponent, Dennis Siver, will be either.
McGregor and Siver collide this Sunday night on FOX Sports 1 from the TD Garden in Boston. “Notorious” appeared on a recent edition of “UFC Tonight” to discuss the fight, which could earn him a world title match vs. Jose Aldo.
“I enjoy pressure,” he said. “I like the feeling and illusion of pressure.”
During an interview earlier this month, McGregor offered up his own thoughts on the outcome vs. Siver. Last year, he predicted an early finish of Dustin Poirier and held true, stopping him in the first.
“Where the prediction has come from, I analyze my opponent,” said McGregor, who stated under two minutes were needed to finish Siver. “The shot I need to put him away, it’ll happen four or five times within the first two minutes. It could be the first exchange. The way he moves, he will not take what I give.”
After wins over Marcus Brimage, Max Holloway and Poirier, McGregor has become a force in terms of marketing and promoting for the UFC. Despite just three wins and almost a year off due to a knee injury, he is on the cusp of facing Aldo, who many consider one of the best fighters in the world.
Before signing with the UFC, McGregor won both the featherweight and lightweight titles for Cage Warriors, one of the top MMA promotions in Europe.
“I don’t base myself on past people’s attempts,” he said. “In my mind, I’m a two-weight world champion. I vacated those belts when I signed with the UFC. In my mind, I’m simply contesting for those belts again.
“I’ll dispatch of everyone they put in front of me. I feel different. I’m a much different athlete and my approach is different. For me, it’s another clean sweep. It’ll be as easy as it always is.”
And as for some concern over a cut on McGregor’s nose, he said “It’s absolutely nothing. It’s a little graze. I don’t even remember it happening.”