Conor McGregor believes he is inside the head of the UFC featherweight champ. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
LAS VEGAS -- Conor McGregor doesn’t believe anything that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo says about him. Most importantly, the Irishman thinks that it is a joke when Aldo says that their highly anticipated showdown at UFC 189 is “just another fight.”
During the Las Vegas stop of the world tour to promote the pair’s July 11 fight, McGregor was asked by Sherdog.com if he thinks that Aldo means it when he says that it is just another day at the office.
“Do you believe him that this is just another fight?” McGregor asked, almost rhetorically, until he paused for an answer. In most people’s minds, this isn’t just another fight. Whether or not people believe McGregor has earned his shot, the hype surrounding the 145-pound title tilt is largely thanks to the man with the 5-0 record in the UFC.
“I don’t care what he says because he’s never experienced anybody like me,” McGregor stated. “When you sign up to fight me, it’s a different kind of pressure, and you’ve got me ready to take your head off. People crumble under it, and when he looked at me face-to-face and dead in my eye, he crumbled. To make it worse, he crumbled in his hometown.”
McGregor referenced the fighters’ staredown in Rio de Janeiro at the UFC 189 World Tour Kickoff press conference last week. The “Notorious” one said that, regardless of what Aldo tells the media, McGregor believes that he is inside the champ’s head.
“Fear has a strong stench, and he’s reeking of it,” McGregor boasted. “His eyes turned to glass... He think it’s an act, and that’s what f--ks them up. But I’m always ready to go and there are no cameras around backstage. I’m still ready to go.”
McGregor told Sherdog.com that things will only get worse until the fear consumes Aldo when the two step into the cage in Las Vegas.
“The pressure just swarms people and they start shrinking in their seat. Their eyes start watering and their bottom lip starts quivering. They are fighting McGregor now, and they crumble every time.”