Saturday 16 December 2017

'After the next two fights, I’ll be a two-weight champion' - Conor McGregor eyeing multiple world titles

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

Eugene Masterson

Conor McGregor has revealed he will fight for the UFC‘s lightweight title – if he win’s tomorrow morning’s featherweight title.

The Dubliner will be cheered on by several thousand Irish fans at the MGM in Las Vegas as he takes on Brazilian Jose Aldo in the eagerly anticipated fight. And McGregor has confirmed that if he beats Aldo – who has never been beaten – he will increase his weight and pitch for the lightweight title.

The move could lead to the possibility of a world title fight in Dublin, possibility a huge pay day in Croke Park – although UFC boss Dana White has previously warned that the Irish weather could play havoc with an open top stadium for live TV.

“I hope Jose Aldo turns up this time,” McGregor said. “But even if he does, I can’t see him answering the bell for the second round. I can’t see his face or body sat the beginning of the second. I will KO him inside one, then go on and fight the winner of Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone for the lightweight belt. After the next two fights, I’ll be a two-weight champion.”

McGregor says injuries can’t stop him. “I tore 80% of my ACL (knee ligament) on the world tour with Aldo last time round,” he recalls. His team celebrated and plotted to target it. Then he bruised his rib and pulled out of the fight.

“I told him, ‘show up and I won’t target your body, I’ll hit you clean in the face’. He still didn’t show up! I showed up against Mendes (Chad) because I’m a beast. Nothing can stop me taking over the game. I’m carrying the UFC on my shoulders – and doing squats with it!.”

McGregor says he’s now “living like Rocky”.

“I was watching Rocky 3, where Rocky has a mansion with a robot butler,” he adds. ”He’s doing TV shows and commercials and getting sloppy, while Clubber Lang is sprinting in an alleyway, throwing shots and visualising about beating him.

“I’m living like Rocky with all the houses and cars, but training like Clubber!.”

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