At today’s (December 9, 2015) UFC 194 press conference, interim featherweight champion the “Notorious” Conor McGregor made it very clear that he’s out to prove a point in his highly anticipated unification bout with reigning champion Jose Aldo this weekend (December 12, 2015) in Las Vegas.
Throughout his journey to the top, the Irish superstar has been criticized quite often whether it be regarding the UFC handing him the “ideal” opponent, or whether it be the idea that McGregor was given the attention he was given due to his mouth rather than his fighting skills.
However, the “Notorious” one plans to dethrone the pound-for-pound king and the only featherweight champion in UFC history this weekend and wonders what his critics will have to say then:
“I enjoy listening to the reasons why I am here,” McGregor said. “The excuses of previous. There are many, many times they look to discredit me, what I have achieved in my career, in this company. Right now, I feel I have the right opponent. The pound-for-pound number one. Undefeated 10 years. The only featherweight champion. What can they say now? What can they say after Jose falls? So I look forward to proving my point and what I’ve been saying over these years.”
Not only does he feel as if he will unify the belts, but McGregor feels as if he will make it look rather easily. In typical fashion, the Irishman predicted the outcome of the upcoming bout, and as you may have guessed, he sees yet another first round finish coming his way:
“I feel within four minutes the shots will have landed,” McGregor said. “It’s on him after that. I feel anything after that four-minute mark of the first round will be a formality. It will be on him where he is mentally, where he is physically and how much he truly wants this. I see him crumbling towards the end of the first or not answering the bell for the second. But it will be wrapped up inside one.”
McGregor’s confidence has never been an issue nor has his ability to speak to his mind, as he’s constantly stated that he is number one in terms of pound-for-pound rankings. Aside from capturing undisputed UFC gold, the “Notorious” one also plans on staking his claim as to where he stands amongst the elite at UFC 194:
“I am happy to hear that,” McGregor said of Aldo’s substantial résumé. “He is currently the pound-for-pound number one fighter on the roster. So, I have been telling people that I am the current pound-for-pound number one fighter on the planet. The pound-for-pound number one is on the line in in this fight.
“I am a man with a point to prove and I will go out and I will prove it.”
Can McGregor back up all of the talk one more time?