Conor McGregor: I am shaking with the support of the amazing Irish fans
Conor McGregor has hailed the amazing support of the Irish fans following his epic, bruising win over Chad Mendes in Las Vegas.
The Irishman survived an onslaught from Mendes to knock him out to win the interim belt in the featherweight division.
An exhausted McGregor said: "I'm absolutely blown away by the support. I can't put into words how grateful I am.
"So much went on in the build-up to this, so much media obligation, I travelled around the world twice and did two takes... One in case it was Jose and one in case it was Chad. So to just come in here and hear all the support yesterday and today... I'm shaking with it."
The Irishman also had a message for Jose Aldo, the man he was supposed to fight the his next challenger in what will be billed as one of the most anticipated fights of all time.
"I've been hearing all the time that I've been protected from this type of opponent, that I've been gifted this title shot.
"My title shot went running and I was given a challenge that I was supposed to be protected from, I was going to prove to people that I'm a true fighter it doesn't matter who it is. I am a professional.
"I honestly want to thank my family, my team, everyone who has come up with me and the Irish people who supported me... I done this for us."
Before the Mendes fight, much was made of the fact that McGregor had to cut a lot of weight. And he admitted that this was a tough ask.
"The weight cut is tough but I can go all f**king day. I knew if he gets me down, I'll talk to him, this is nothing.
"Nobody can take that left hand shot, everyone breaks and he broke."
On the prospect of fighting Jose Aldo in the biggest fight in UFC history, McGregor said: "I had bigger injuries in the run-up to this fight than that bruised rib, and I still showed up and performed, in my eyes Jose has gone running.
"If he wants to come back, he can come back but I swear to God, his day will come."