TMZ caught up to Conor McGregor and like most TMZ interviews it was very interesting.
“I don’t think he’ll see the second round,” said McGregor. “I don’t think he’ll make it to the second… damaging, damaging blows in the first round. If he can withstand that, he could quit on the stool. Something’s telling me he might quit on the stool – not answer the bell for the second. Or maybe not quit on the stool, but be forced out of the contest because he can’t continue.”
Then he told TMZ he could take Jesus.
“Me … versus … Jesus … in … the … Octagon?” he repeated, smiling. “How would me vs Jesus… I tell you what, there’s not a man alive that can beat me. But Jesus ain’t alive is he, so I don’t f—ing know. Maybe he can come back from the dead. I don’t know. I’d still whoop his ass.”
Jose Aldo spoke to MMAFighting and claimed he was basically using Conor for selling the fight and explained why he pulled out the first time.
“Another win,” said Aldo, as transcribed by Guilherme Cruz for MMAFighting. “No reason to be different. That’s what I fight for. It doesn’t matter how it goes. I have to go there, win, and remain champion. The only difference is that I always fought against Americans, and now I’m beating up an Irishman.”
“He’s working for me, bringing me money, so why am I going to be angry at him? I love all this. He has done good things for the division. If we had another one like him, it would be great.
“He’s just another one. I’ve fought many top fighters before, and he’s just another opponent I have to go there and run through.”
“It doesn’t matter if he underestimates me or not. I focus on myself and I train for myself. When I get in there, it doesn’t matter what he or others think. I think about myself, and I know I’ll go in there to work and win.”
I will be there, for sure, one more time, winning, as usual. That’s normal for me.”
Aldo also addressed why he pulled out of the planned fight at UFC 189 with injured ribs.
“[McGregor] wouldn’t even get close to me, he wouldn’t hit me,” said Aldo. “That’s not what stopped me from fighting, but other things that would happen. The fight is not what bothered me. I will go there and win like I always did.
“It was the weight cut. I would go there and still need to cut weight. The fight itself didn’t bother me. He also had a bad knee too. Relax. Wherever I hit, brother, you go to sleep.”