This Saturday (July 19, 2014), one of the most anticipated featherweight bouts of the year will transpire in Dublin, Ireland, as Conor McGregor makes his long-awaited return to the UFC’s Octagon.
Sidelined with a knee injury since August of last year, the No. 13 ranked “Notorious” will be stepping back into the ring against the unranked Diego Brandao in, what is, a “dream come true” for McGregor. The night will stand as a hometown match for the surging Irish MMA star and one that he’s envisioned for years.
To say that “Notorious” is pumped for the fight would be a gross understatement. He quite literally can’t wait to get into the ring with Brandao and show the world how much he’s improved over the last year. He exudes a confidence and self-belief that’s impossible to ignore, and love him or hate him, he’s a fighter that’s hard for fans to be neutral on. McGregor promises from the get-go on Saturday night that fans can expect to see a “Flying Irishman coming out the gate and stopping Diego Brandao, early, and hard.” As “Notorious” sees it, this is his time to shine and he’s “set to take over this game pretty soon.”
For his part Diego Brandao is less convinced.
“DB” or “Little Mike Tyson” as Brandao refers to himself in his pre-fight interview, appears to be equally assured as McGregor that he’ll have success in Dublin. Stating that he’s going to “knock him out,” Brandao comes across as both emotional and calm at the same time. In a nutshell, “DB” is taking the fight personally and where he says he has “no feelings about anyone else” in the division, he certainly has them about McGregor. Calling the Irish fighter a “clown,” Brandao says “Notorious’s” problem in life is that his “mom never slapped him in the face as a kid.” In lieu of that, Brando says that he’s going to be McGregor’s “Dad on Saturday night” and do what his mother failed to do.
Brandao believes that McGregor is expecting him to fight “all emotional,” however, “DB” isn’t planning on giving “Notorious” what he wants. Instead, he appears to be looking to give McGregor the exact opposite – a dispassionate Dublin beat-down.
By telling of their respective interviews, both fighters seem prepared, focused, and itching to get at one another. As such, fans can look forward to a not just a great fight, but a great grudge match.
Here are Conor McGregor and Diego Brandao in their UFN 46 pre-fight interviews.