When UFC featherweight Conor McGregor speaks, people listen.
Even after just three victories as an employee of the UFC, “Notorious” has earned quite a reputation for his golden tongue and vicious fighting style. The native of Dublin, Ireland has taken European MMA community by storm, and on Saturday at UFC 178 in Las Vegas, Nevada, McGregor will finally be making his long awaited pay-per-view debut when he meets perennial top-five contender Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier in a feature attraction.
And as McGregor is quick to point out, Poirier and himself are most certainly the attraction on this star-studded card.
Well, mostly himself.
“When the PPV numbers are revealed, I believe it will be a high one. And there’s only one man you can thank for that,” said McGregor to yeahstub.com on Thursday inside the MGM Grand. “So, Demetrious, who I believe is on the pay-per-view cut, he can thank me for that one.”
McGregor is referring to UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, who is headlining this Saturday’s UFC 178 with a title tilt against challenger Chris Cariaso. It’s awful presumptuous that any contender should ever be asking for thanks from an established champion – heck, in Johnson’s case, we are talking about a pound-for-pound candidate – but it only takes one look around the MGM to see that McGregor isn’t that far off in his boisterous declaration. The number of media lined up to speak to “King Conor” dwarfed that of any other fighter on this weekend’s card.
And, folks, given the star power that is anchoring UFC 178, that’s truly saying something.
That’s what McGregor does, though; he draws you in with believability. He hits you with venomous promos, and then he does his best to back it up with his fan-friendly performances. Surely with only three fights, we cannot really know just exactly what the 26-year-old’s ceiling actually is, but he certainly has the mindset of what it takes to be a champion.
No remorse, no retreat, and keep things tight-knit.
“In this MMA game, I’m ruthless. I show no remorse,” he said with an eerie calm to his voice. “I’m not looking to make friends with these people. This is the game of ending another man’s dreams. Emotions are something I don’t feel; good or bad.”
So, a true lone wolf, in a lone wolf’s sport?
“That sounds perfect to me. A true lone wolf in a lone wolf’s sport – that’s beautiful.”
In this exclusive video (located above) hear McGregor speak on his looming showdown with Poirier in the desert, his love for fighting, his distaste for media, and what being a professional is all about.