In Conor McGregor’s mind he is already the UFC featherweight champion, and the word ‘interim’ doesn’t come into it.
“The Notorious” picked up gold at UFC 189 when he beat late replacement Chad Mendes via second round stoppage in a pulsating fight. Most observers, however, consider the strap that McGregor carries about to be nothing more than a prop in the brash Irishman’s one-man show. In their eyes, the legitimate champion is Jose Aldo, and the creation of an ‘interim’ title was all about maintaining interest levels in a Pay-per-view event that had lost one of it’s headliners at the last-minute.
Conor, as he often does, see’s things a little differently.
In a recent interview with GQ, the fighter seemed to snap at an interviewer who used the word ‘interim’ as a caveat when describing McGregor’s claim to the moniker of ‘world champion’.
“F*** that, what do you mean interim? Aldo and I had a date, he didn’t show, someone else took his place, I beat him, easy. So don’t give me interim”, said McGregor.
Whether you agree with him or not, however, it will all become irrelevant on December 12th if the Irishman’s analysis of his Brazilian nemesis is correct.
“If the mind is not in it, the body won’t follow. He cannot beat me. He knows it. It’s why he went running last time… I can hear it in his voice, I can see it in his eyes, I know when a man is beaten, and he is beaten mentally”.
Based on that psychological evaluation, Conor once again cast doubt on whether his injury-prone opponent would even show.
“I still don’t think he will show. I am trying to be optimistic but I am never wrong, I always predict the outcome of my fights and I am never wrong”.
Let’s hope that “Mystic Mac” is wrong for once, and that we finally get some closure on this saga. That way we can bid farewell to that pesky and divisive word – ‘interim’.
H/T Daily Mail