Notorious knockout artist and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has run through a murderer’s row of contenders on his quest to securing 145 pound gold, which he did with a spectacular 13 second knockout of Jose Aldo at December 12, 2015’s UFC 194.
The Irishman appears to be hungry for the toughest of challenges, however, as he’s set to take on reigning lightweight king Rafael dos Anjos at March 5’s UFC 196 in an attempt to become the first man in promotional history to simultaneously hold two titles.
Getting that second title will be no easy task for McGregor, as dos Anjos has been a force to be reckoned with as of late.
The Brazilian champion has won five straight including three finishes over the cream of the crop at 155 pounds, leading UFC president to call McGregor crazy for taking on RDA:
“Conor wants to be a two-belt champion, so he wants to fight dos Anjos, which is crazy,” the UFC president said on “Opie with Jim Norton” on Thursday. “If you look at that guy, look what he did to ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, look what he did to Ben Henderson, look what he did to Anthony Pettis. And now Conor wants to fight this guy. It’s gonna be awesome.”
While many feel as if he may have problems with dos Anjos inside of the Octagon, McGregor has already begun to unleash his relentless trash talk in hopes of playing mind games with the Brazilian.
White feels as if it’s more than just trash talk, however, noting that the “Notorious” is very calculated and intelligent with mental warfare:
“It’s not even about shit talk with this guy,” White said. “His mental warfare game is better than anything I’ve ever seen in how he gets in guys’ heads immediately. Very intelligent, calculated. Conor McGregor is a very interesting guy.”
At the end of the day, McGregor has combined his mic skills with his world class fighting abilities to become one of the promotion’s biggest draws. White wasn’t afraid to admit that the “Notorious” one is the “money fight”, claiming that there aren’t many fighters who don’t want a piece of him:
“From flyweight to heavyweight, they all want to fight Conor McGregor,” White said. “It’s the money fight.”
Can the Irishman add another title to his resume?