Saturday 3 December 2016

VIDEO - Conor McGregor hints at a 'big announcement' after Saturday's fight

Published 11/11/2016 | 15:50

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has hinted that he is planning ‘a big announcement’ after his fight against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York on Saturday, amid rumours that he is planning some time away from the octagon.

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The Dubliner is taking centre stage at Madison Square Garden, with tickets for the event trading hands for huge sums as the clamour to attend the latest McGregor spectacular gathers momentum.

Yet this weekend’s eagerly anticipated clash may be the last time we see McGregor in action for some time, after he refused to play down suggestions that he will take a break from UFC heading into 2017.

“I am not sure where I am going to go just yet, but there are some big things coming,” he told BT Sport.

When asked whether he is considering taking a year away from the sport, he offered this cryptic response: “I can do whatever I want. I like to compete, but let’s see what happens.”

What seems unlikely is a rematch with Jose Aldo, who was a 13-second victim of McGregor in their showdown in Las Vegas in December 2015.

While there would be huge public demand for a re-match, it seems McGregor has no interest in having a second showdown with Aldo.

“How can I get excited with Aldo,” he questioned. “I knocked him out in 13 seconds and travelled the world twice with him, a two year build up (to their first fight).

“What is really exciting me right now is that this is my first time in Madison Square Garden and we are on the brink of history here. We have all the records. The gate, the attendance and that is unprecedented.

“That is what is exciting me right now. All the other stuff is not as exciting as what is about to happen this week. Not yet anyway.”

The confident McGregor also hit out at his rivals, as he suggested none of them are in his class ahead of his latest UFC appearance.

“All the contenders are way, way down,” he added. “Nobody is at that next level. I am the only one at that level. These people do not stand a chance.”

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