Conor McGregor has carved his path in the UFC with some seriously dominant performances, but also with his trademark trash talking antics. We’ve seen him topple competition like Chad Mendes, Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway with his smooth yet deadly unorthodox style, but perhaps they were partly broken before they even entered the octagon with the wild-tounged Irish hitman?
As well as proving the mental game is maybe more important than the fight itself, Conor McGregor has provided some of the most hilarious quotes in UFC and MMA history during his three-year run in the world’s biggest MMA promotion.
After the comedic antics of McGregor’s appearance at the UFC GO BIG media show, we’ve decided that, love him or hate him, ‘The Notorious’ is getting a list.
Without further ado, the the Top Ten Hilarious Conor McGregor Quotes…..
10. Faber the 50 year old skateboarder
Urijah Faber has been the subject of countless taunts from the interim featherweight champion since they started filming TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) 22 this year.
Few hit home as hard or as funny as his interview with media at a recent luncheon, where he dropped the bomb on ‘The California Kid’ with this classic funny:
“I kept telling him to dress his age, I said you dress like a 50 year old skateboarder. He was saying in California we work so we don’t have to wear suits. I work so I can do the opposite.”
9. Dustin Poirier hillbilly
Lightweight turned featherweight (and now lightweight again) Dustin Poirier was subject to many harsh words from Conor McGregor, but few (apart from number four on this list) were more sharp than his ‘quiet hilbilly’ remarks.
“He doesn’t impress me at all. I believe he’s a basic fighter, he throws basic shots, and in my eyes he’s a journeyman. It’s that simple. Don’t get me wrong, I like the kid. He is a quiet little hillbilly from the back arse of nowhere. His cousin is probably named Cleatus, I have nothing against the guy but coming up against me, that’s not going to be good. I’m going to crack him with a jab and put him away early.”
8. Donald Cerrone is stiff as a board
Cerrone spoke out about a recent slanderous remark by McGregor on how he’d destroy the lightweights after the 145-pound division, and ‘The Notorious’ was, as akways, quick to respond with this belter:
7. I love Jose Aldo like my bitch
Another five-second time slot on the microphone, and another opportunity to take a shot at UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. The follow up to McGregor’s ‘like my bitch’ comments can be seen here, and check out the razor sharp jab at ‘Scarface’ below:
“At the end of it, he was the turtle. When you fought Chad, he rearranged your face. You haven’t looked right since. After that five round Mendes fight, which arguably could have went to him, you look like you’ve had a stroke. The left side of your face is drooping. I’m worried about you, honestly, I’m worried. I love you, I love you like my bitch. I just wanna make sure you’re okay. Get yourself medically tested because your face is drooping to the left.”
6. Riding in to Jose Aldo’s favela
During the much publicized hype period before McGregor’s original UFC 189 booking against Jose Aldo, the Irish featherweight came up with a barrage of top shelf insults for the dominant champion of the 145ers.
None were more sharp than perhaps his controversial favela jive, that brought the nasty out of Aldo in return:
“I own this town,” McGregor declared, leaning back and plopping his shoes onto the dais. “I own Rio de Janeiro. I’m sitting up here with my feet on the desk. What’s anyone up there going to do about it? Not one of yous are going to do anything about it. My name, the McGregor name, my family’s motto … means royal is in my blood. That goes way back. So for [Aldo] to say he is the king and I am the joker, if this was a different time, I would invade his favela on horseback and kill anyone that was not fit to work. But we are in a new time. So I’ll whoop his ass in July.”
5. Red Panty Night
Fresh out of the GO BIG media conference in Las Vegas is this absolute gem of a quote. McGregor took to the mic to get his (potential) competition at lightweight and featherweight all riled up, and once again his draw as a ‘big money’ fight was a much debated topic.
Simple yet effective, Conor McGregor declared it ‘Red Panty Night’ for everyone’s wife in a stitch-up moment that we’ll never forget:
To Cerrone/Dos Anjos
“Because I change your bum life. I can make you rich. I can change your bum life. You fight me, it’s a celebration. When you sign to fight me, it’s a celebration, you ring back home, you ring, ‘Baby, we done it. We’re rich. Conor McGregor made us rich. Break out the red panties. We’re rich, baby.’
4. Dustin Poirier is a peahead
Conor McGregor was facing the biggest test of his career thus far when booked against Dustin Poirier in 2014 at UFC 178. The test featured an established and dangerous ‘Diamond’ who was hoping to derail the hype train and throw his own name in to the featherweight title mix.
Unfortunately for Dutin he got a dusting at UFC 178, and it happened before he even entered the octagon. McGregor’s hilarious ‘peahead’ rant will go down in history as one of the funniest trash talking jives in MMA history.
McGregor on Poirier:
“I’m just being myself, I like to look good and whoop ass. It’s what I do best, you know? I’m not trying to be nobody but me. September 27, I am going to rip Dustin’s head clean off. It makes no difference. Dustin peahead thinks it’s all talk, but when he wakes up with his nose plastered on the other side of his face, he’s going to know it’s not all talk.”
“All you got to do is look at Dustin’s last couple of fights. The last contest he had he fought a TUF reject and nobody gave a shit about it; and he got wobbled about forty times. His chin is deteriorating. Every single contest he gets in, he hits one knee. A gust of wind and he does the chicken dance. Coming up against me, that’s not going to be good. I’m going to crack him with a jab and he’s going to wobble and I am going to put him away early. It’s going to be a first-round KO, mark my words.”
3. Dennis Siver is a German midget steroid head
Dennis Siver was next in line for McGregor both in terms of his octagon endeavours and as a target for his now copyrighted media bashes. Having previously been busted for use of human growth hormones, Siver didn’t even need to open his mouth to give McGregor enough ammo to bury him in the hype stages.
‘The Notorious’ was on fire when he gave the following statement, leaving us all in stitches with his close-to-the-bone jokes about his German adversary:
“My thoughts on Dennis Siver are: He’s a midget German steroid head,” McGregor said. “That’s my thoughts on him, so I don’t have any thoughts other than that. … But if you think I celebrate No. 9, you’re highly mistaken my friend. I don’t give a s–t about rankings. As far as I’m concerned, I’m No. 1.”
2. Old man Swanson
Although Conor McGregor has never faced Cub Swanson in the UFC, he still became the butt of many of the Irishman’s jokes during his time as a top featherweight.
Simply said, this was an hilarious moment that was unfortunately at the cost of Swanson’s looks. Check it out:
“Cub Swanson looks like a 95 year old man, I’ll knock him out in one round. He doesn’t deserve to fight me, he should retire. Look at his face, he’s like a shrivelled raisin.”
1. Balls on Chad Mendes’ forehead
Long before McGregor and Chad Mendes were set to fight at UFC 189, they had a very well publicized beef in the lead up to ‘Money’s’ rematch with Jose Aldo at UFC 179. It was pretty much a straight lead in to McGregor challenging the winner of the fight, or at least the common consensus was that, and ‘The Notorious’ made good use of a media call with Mendes in the meantime.
In a moment that will perhaps never get topped by the Irish star, he used his quick wit and even quicker sense of humour to demolish Chad Mendes in this instant classic:
Mendes: Conor is a big talker. Conor brought so much attention to this division, so much attention to the UFC. He talked his way all the way up to the top. When I look at Conor I see dollar signs in my bank account. You know, Conor I match up horrible for this guy. Conor, do you know what wrestling is?
McGregor: I can rest my balls on your forehead