Since Conor McGregor arrived in the UFC earlier this year, the dynamic fighter has lived up to his nickname “Notorious” both in and out of the cage. In the Octagon McGregor’s scored wins over Curtis Brimage and Max Holloway, and outside, he’s made more than a few comments (or tweets) that have grabbed headlines.
McGregor was in Manchester this week to attend UFC Fight Night 30, and while talking to the media beforehand, he was asked for his thoughts on the recent Gilbert Melendez-Diego Sanchez war. While discussing the latter in particular, McGregor stated (comment via MMA Mania):
“I’m too defensively intelligent. I’m too smooth. I’m telling you right now, he wouldn’t hit me once. He wouldn’t land one shot. Gil made him miss and capitalized but I’m a little more clinical. I would him him and then he’d hit the floor, trust me on that. Plus the guy’s about two punches away — he’s slurring his speech. I’m worried about the guy. Before I fight the guy, I want to see his medical reports. I don’t want to be the guy leaving him being fed with a tube for the rest of his life. But as I said, it’s easy money and money is my favorite.”
Now, clearly Sanchez and his supporters aren’t going to be too thrilled by these comments. McGregor was also asked about whether he might move to 155, as he’s fought their before and held the belt for Cage Warriors, but he said the UFC wants him to focus on 145 for now.
McGregor, who underwent knee surgery last month, also said that his recovery is ahead of schedule and he’s hoping to fight as early as March, but that April or May might be more realistic. It’s going to be interesting to see who the UFC matches him up against next.
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