UFC champion Conor McGregor fears no mortal.
He’ll even throw down with heavenly figures, once proclaiming he could “whoop Jesus Christ’s a–.” McGregor has warmly accepted his role as the unabashed new face of UFC and the many spoils that come with it.
In advance of his fight against Nate Diaz on March 5, McGregor proved his acute mastery of the trash-talking game, which gives him an advantage before anyone sets foot in the ring. He’s relentless with both backhanded compliments and brutally explicit insults.
Here are some of the most outlandish things he said during Wednesday’s press conference.
On fighting on the West Coast:
“I’m in his hometown, this is his place. But listen to the crowd for me.”
“I run the West Coast. And the East Coast.”
On other fighters running scared:
“In reality many people pretended like they wanted to fight until the fight actually presented itself.”
“I just thought it’s another day. It’s always happening. They always pull, they always run. They make it out like they want it but really they don’t want it.”
In advance of his fight against Nate Diaz, Conor McGregor was relentless in his verbal jabs at his opponent.
On his borderline creepy obsession with money:
“The only weight I give a f–k about is the weight of them checks, and my checks are always super heavy. So I don’t give a s–t.”
“I just enjoy the conversations at the bank. The ladies at the bank treat me so damn nicely. People everywhere treat me so damn nicely. There’s a place here in California called Rodeo Drive, and I swear to God until you went there and felt that nice feeling they give you when you walk into these shops and the materials they give you on your skin, until you’ve felt that you cannot speak about this life.”
On Rafael Dos Anjos pulling out:
“I saw the picture Dos Anjos put up (of his foot). It’s a bruise. I heard ice works wonders. What do you want me to say?”
“If I jumped under an X-ray the doctor would slap me and say ‘What are you doing here? Stop this. Get out of here.’”
“Dos Anjos broke his foot and vagina in the same damn day. I couldn’t believe the odds of that happening.”
On moving up from featherweight to welterweight for the fight:
“It doesn’t matter what weight, divisions or anything, or even what belt is on the line. Because really I should create my own belt. Because I am, myself, my own belt. It doesn’t matter featherweight, lightweight, welterweight. It’s the McGregor belt.”
On whether or not he likes breaking the rules:
“I am the rule. I’m the only rule in this game.”
On the repercussions of fighting Conor McGregor:
“I bounced Jose’s head off the canvas like a basketball. He needs to take a year to a year and a half off. And that’s just for his health.”
“When a man fights me they need to take ten months to a year off. You can’t bounce back into a fight. And that’s no joke. You can’t take head trauma and then jump back into the gym and spar.”
The many ways of belittling Nate Diaz:
Nate Diaz was on the defensive for much of the pre-fight press conference.
“I like Nick’s little bro. How could you not like him? He’s like a little gangster from the hood. But at the same time he coaches kids’ ju-jitsu on a Sunday morning and goes on bike rides with the elderly. He makes gun signs with the right hand and animal balloons with the left hand. You’re a credit to the community.”
“I work like a motherf–ker. I don’t get out of shape. He gets out of shape. When he fought against Dos Anjos he looked like the skinniest fat guy I’ve ever seen.”
“I feel his repetitive foot patterns and his pull motions are too readable, too predictable. He’ll be too slow in there. My speed will stifle him. He will not be able to handle the ferocity. End of the fourth I think he will be put away. I respect Nate, don’t get me wrong, I do respect Nate. There’s a lot of p—— in this game, and he is not one of them.”
“His understanding of ring generalship and ring control is very amateur. It’s novice where I come from. So he’ll understand the difference between amateur and world champion. I come out of the trap like a greyhound at 100 miles per hour and I don’t stop.”
“I’ve got world titles and multi millions of dollars, you’ve got 20,000 to show and you teach kiddies jiu-jitsu. You have to teach seminars all over f—ing California just to make ends meet.”
“And I’m about to knock out a stuffed, fata– skinny Mexican.”
“I felt pity on your broke a–.”
Dropping the mic:
“There’s many p—— in this game, but I ain’t one.”
“I’m just simply the best fighter, and that’s it.”
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