Despite the protests of some fans and fighters, but to the glee of others…Conor McGregor will lock up a title shot this Sunday night, if, he can get take out Dennis Siver.
While some believe Siver poses a bigger threat to the championship run of McGregor then others, “Notorious” continues to field questions about facing Jose Aldo. Of course, part of the reason for that is that McGregor says he’ll cruise through the featherweight champ. Yes, despite the fact, Aldo remains one of the sport’s best, all round fighters.
Case in point, McGregor appeared on the latest edition of “UFC Tonight” to talk about this Sunday’s bout and what’s on the line. When he was asked why he’ll defeat Aldo, when so many others have failed, he stated (quote via FOX Sports press release):
“I don’t base myself on past people’s attempts. In my mind, I’m a two weight world champion. I vacated those belts when I signed with the UFC. In my mind, I’m simply contesting for those belts again. I’ll dispatch of everyone they put in front of me. I feel different. I’m a much different athlete and my approach is different. For me, it’s another clean sweep. It’ll be as easy as it always is.”
If you’re surprised by any of these comments, then you haven’t been following McGregor too intently.
The Irish fighter was also asked about his bold predictions–McGregor has said he’ll stop Siver in under two mintues–and the rising star said:
“I enjoy pressure. I like the feeling and illusion of pressure. Where the prediction has come from, I analyze my opponent. The shot I need to put him away, it’ll happen four or five times over within the first two minutes. It could be the first exchange. The way he moves, he will not take what I give.”
UFC FN 59 will be hosted by the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. In the co-headliner, former lightweight champ Benson Henderson will take on fellow contender, Donald Cerrone.