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'If McGregor wins, I'll cut my own d**k off' - Twitter reacts to UFC welterweight fighter Joe Riggs' pre-fight hyperbole

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 13: Joe Riggs reacts to his tap out loss to Ben Saunders (not pictured) in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the at U.S. Airways Center on December 13, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 13: Joe Riggs reacts to his tap out loss to Ben Saunders (not pictured) in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the at U.S. Airways Center on December 13, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

UFC welterweight fighter Joe 'Diesel' Riggs may regret at least one thing he said in a press interview in the run up to the much-anticipated UFC194 showdown between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo.

The Irishman was taking on the reigning champion of the featherweight division for his shot at unifying the featherweight belts, having won the "interim" belt in July following his knockout win over contender Chad Mendez.

In the run-up to the fight, the former WEC middleweight champion Joe Riggs gave his two cents on the fight, stating that he didn't believe McGregor was at the standard to have been given the fight in the first place.

Speaking to the Fight Network week, Riggs said that the match-up "makes me sick".

"The fact that the guy who's considered the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet and he's the underdog against this guy who's fucking nothing".

"If Chad had had a full training camp, he would have killed him".

He was adamant in his belief that McGregor would not beat Aldo, who recently celebrated ten years undefeated.

"No way", he told the network. "If he beats Aldo, I'll cut my own d**k off and throw it away".

"It makes me sick".

Conor McGregor went on to defeat Jose Aldo in thirteen seconds with a knockout punch. The Brazilian featherweight world champion had been undefeated since 2005.

Twitter users are already mocking the fighter over the comments, with one tweeting "I've a good pair of hedge clippers if you want to borrow them" while another added "Conor followed through... willy you?"

Irish fans at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas were delirious following the bout, which was the quickest knockout in UFC history. They had already been making themselves known in the days preceding the fight with their excited antics.

 

McGregor told journalists at the post-fight press conference that even he was surprised with the brevity of the fight. He revealed that he told José in the ring "look, we can go again".

"Although it's a nice feeling to get the knock-out, it's kind of not nice as well... I had a little moment where I felt sorry for Jose".

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