Conor McGregor: Aldo doesn't have to worry about his ribs, I am hunting the chin
Conor McGregor has insisted that Jose Aldo's bruised rib will not be a problem for the Brazilian - because he will just chin him and knock him out when they meet on July 11.
The Brazilian featherweight champion caused plenty of commotion this week when he hurt a rib in training and the hugely-anticipated fight in Vegas was plunged into doubt.
That doubt still lingers but for now, it's all systems go.
"I’m going to go for the chin, I want to knock him out,” McGregor told MMA Junkie.
“He doesn’t need to worry about his ribs, and I’m not going to go out and purposely target an area. I’m not going to start diving at things. I’m just going to fight my fight. It’s the chin I am hunting.”
Prudently, the UFC have placed No 1 contender Chad Mendes on standby, if indeed Aldo is ultimately unable to compete. Mendes, who has twice failed in attempts to usurp Aldo, has verbally sparred with McGregor on frequent occasion so, if he is called upon, there will be little lost by way of hostility.
Mendes is also precisely the type of fighter that critics of McGregor claim he would struggle against.
Mendes was a decorated collegiate wrestler before turning to mixed martial arts, and would represent an unknown quantity for McGregor considering he is yet to navigate a grappler of such repute.
But McGregor says he is not even thinking about who he will fight and says he will beat the two of them together if needed!
"I predicted this. You can’t go into wars time and time again. The body breaks.
"I’ll be there on July 10 at 145 pounds, and on July 11, I will have a gold belt wrapped around my waist. So everything else means nothing to me.
"I’ll whip both of them on the same night if need be. So whoever shows up across the Octagon will get beaten.”