Tuesday 12 November 2019

Conor McGregor: Us Irish don't care if you like it or not, we speak the truth

Irishman says Jose Aldo fight could be in July

Conor McGregor is a proud Irishman
Conor McGregor is a proud Irishman
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Conor McGregor has admitted that he does not know when his world title fight against Jose Aldo will take place.

The much-anticipated featherweight decider was initially thought to take place in Las Vegas in May but last week McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh said that the fight would be later in the summer.

In an interview with UFCJunkie, McGregor admitted no date had been set while he also defended his straight talking outside the Octagon, insisting that the Irish people always speak the truth.

"It's not 100pc yet. There was talk of a May date but it may actually be later in the year,” said Kavanagh last week.

"I get a lot of tweets and messages from people wanting to boom their flights and I would just say hold on until the UFC officially announce it.

Watch McGregor's interview here: 

"Mid-summer maybe... it'll be in Vegas, the fighting capital of the world."

And speaking to MMAJunkie, McGregor admitted it was still “up in the air”.

 “It’s still a little bit in the air,” said McGregor, who is in Arizona for this weekend’s Super Bowl.

“I think July, we’re talking. Early July around international fight week I believe we’re looking at now. It was supposed to be May, there were rumours it was May. Now we’re talking July.”

Croke Park had been muted as a possible venue for the crunch fight with Aldo and while McGregor admitted that an agreement was very close for the Dublin venue, he is happy to go to Vegas which he feels is a “home from home”.

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 “Vegas is big business, we had the stadium ready in Ireland, a couple of issues came up so we go to Vegas. Vegas is big big business. You know the pay-per-views, you cannot cut out the pay-per-views.

“If we went and done a stadium in Ireland you cut out the pay-per-views and now I am on the pay-per-view cut so we are heading to Vegas. Vegas is a home away from home for me.”

The Dubliner has plundered all before home in the Octagon so far and maintains that his bout with Brazilian champion Aldo will be no different.

“Similar to most of them,” said McGregor when asked how the fight would pan out.

“I will enter the contest and I will break them down bit by bit. As soon as the first exchange happens, it is not a joke anymore so that is what will happen.”

McGregor is making as many headlines for his flash, flamboyant lifestyle and straight talking as he is for his unquestionable ability in the Octagon and he insists this approach is all a part of the Irish culture.

“A little thing about the Irish, when someone asks us a question, we answer it truthfully. We don’t care whether you like it or not. If it’s the truth and we feel it’s the truth, we will speak it. That’s what I have been doing. People ask me a question and I answer it. People think it’s promotion, people think it’s the American version of smack talk or trash talk, I am just speaking fact in my mind.

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