UFC Denver took place over the weekend and while it gave us numerous impressive results and headlines, it was the pay-per-view interview by a certain Conor McGregor that stole the show.
On hiatus from the octagon until some time later this year, McGregor sat down with MMA’s most respected journalist Ariel Helwani on Saturday and delivered another spell-binding oration.
From his insistence that a fight with Floyd Mayweather is his primary goal this year, to dragging Nate Diaz’s name through the mud, McGregor gave fans their money’s worth.
The current UFC lightweight champion was also typically vocal about the forthcoming interim lightweight title fight between top contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 in March.
Confirming that he was not contacted in relation to the interim title fight before its announcement, McGregor was less than impressed with either of the two men who will fight for the chance to face the champion upon his return.
“Business is business. You’ve got to create (attention), because the two guys who are fighting for that interim belt are bums.”
Casting an incredulous eye over the entire UFC roster, McGregor was equally dismissive,
“I always look at the game, the fight game in the UFC, and sometimes I wonder to myself why it’s never broken through to that next level, why no one before me has ever gotten to that next level. Because they’re all dogsh*t.”
This kind of statement will certainly not win the Dubliner any new friends among his peers but the world of MMA is all too aware that the bombastic McGregor simply doesn’t care.
Returning to the interim lightweight title clash between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson, the champion is not convinced by either man,
“They’re sloppy, messy, chinny. It’s not pretty to look at, and it’s the same with these two clowns. Two bums fighting for an interim belt. They should be very happy that I’m chilling now, taking a break, and they have this little chance to think that they’re up there. But in reality, they’re nowhere close. They both would be knocked out stiff. Both chinny, both wild, too sloppy.”
The clash between the two lightweights is going to be one watched with heightened interest on March 9 as with both fighters riding impressive runs of form, their differing styles will make for one huge spectacle.
Whomever emerges victorious will be making a beeline straight for McGregor and with the Irishman’s comments on Saturday, UFC president Dana White will surely be gearing up to promote the champion’s return in what will likely be the biggest MMA pay-per-view event of the year.
Whenever that time might be, it simply cannot come soon enough.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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