“The Notorious One” Conor McGregor (15-2) is on tap to challenge fellow top 10 ranked featherweight Dustin Poirier (16-3) at UFC 178. Conor has seen a rise in his skill set and popularity since he joined the UFC where he will look to improve to 4-0 under the banner this weekend.
Conor is no stranger to the media and on a number of occasions he has been known to give some very colorful quotes about his opposition. In a recent interview with MMAJunkie he utilized some trash talking skills to further hype his high profile pay-per-view fight.
Conor believes Dustin is broken and doesn’t feel as though the Louisiana native is a worthy adversary.
“I definitely saw a broken man,” McGregor said. “I could look through his soul when I looked into that man’s eyes. He’s been speaking his bit, but as I said before: Face-to-face, man-to-man, he was broken. It was as simple as that. The performance will prove that because once the cage door closes and the lights go down, you can’t hide. There’s nowhere to run, there’s nowhere to hide. It will come out on Sept. 27 that what I’m saying is true. I don’t believe he’s a step up or the best guy I’ve ever fought. I look in the mirror and that’s the best guy I’ve ever fought. For me, this fight seems easy.”
Mcgregor goes on and calls Poirier basic and unimpressive. In the end he realizes it’s a business and this Saturday Conor is looking to go to work.
“He’s a journeyman fighter, and that’s what I see. 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. I don’t dislike anybody – this is business at the end of the day. It can be cruel, it can be ruthless, but it is never personal. I don’t ever fight with emotion. I can enter cold, calm and collected. That is it. He might have a dislike toward me, but ultimately that is not my problem.”
Conor gives an insight on how he believes his fight will end and then he shares his plans for the near future.
“I believe it’s a first-round stoppage. I’m only scratching the surface here and I feel like I’m at that next level again – executing that flawless performance. I definitely believe the belt is within grasp. Personally, I don’t give a s–- what way (Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes at UFC 179) goes down. I’ll whoop them both at the same time.