If you’re not a fan of Conor McGregor, and think the fighter is a wee bit cocky, well, chances are this story isn’t going to change your opinion.
As everyone knows, McGregor has made a habit of making bold predictions since he arrived in the UFC, and leading up to the biggest fight of his life, that hasn’t changed. When McGregor was booked to fight featherweight champ Jose Aldo on July 11th, “Notorious” predicted he’d stop him in four minutes. A guy who is the only 145 champ ZUFFA has ever known.
Now, as you know, McGregor is set to fight Chad Melendes for the interim belt at UFC 189, after Aldo withdrew due to a rib injury. UFC boss man Dana White appeared on the latest “Jim Rome” show to promote the bout, and while doing so, he said this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“You want to know how confident this kid is?” White said. “I can’t even believe I’m going to say this, but, he told Lorenzo and I the other day ‘I’ll bet you $3 million I knock him out in the second round.'”
“I like to bet, I don’t know if I’m that willing to take that bet,” White said. “When I tell you how extremely confident this guy is in himself, it’s fascinating. He is a very unique, fascinating person to listen to. Fun to listen to, and fun to watch.”
How about that for a prediction? Or the fact that apparently McGregor has $3 million to offer up in a bet? Yes, “Notorious” has become a huge star, almost overnight in a sense, but thats a huge chunk of cash for a MMA fighter.
Now sure, McGregor likely understood that his bosses weren’t / shouldn’t agree to such a deal. But still, White’s right; McGregor certainly isn’t short on self-confidence.
UFC 189 will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.