Interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has helped boost his own stock with pre-fight predictions.
And he isn’t backing down from that ahead of his UFC 194 bout vs. Jose Aldo.
“I’m not picking numbers from the sky, when I analyze his entries and exits, his approach, then my entries and exits, the shots that I need to land will land within the first four minutes of the fight,” said McGregor, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “I have such a comfort in there, I can find my comfort in the Octagon. When I look in from the outside at other competitors, I don’t see the comfort. It’s a long 25 minutes for them, but for me it’s 25 minutes of pure freedom.”
The two were set to meet earlier this year, but an injury sidelined Aldo. McGregor went on to win the interim title by besting Chad Mendes.
Despite the change in opponent that time, McGregor wasn’t worried.
“If I trained like many trained when he pulled out the first time, I’d be left unprepared,” he said, “so I focus on me, on what I need improvement on and what moves and shots and sequences that I do.”
Should he take care of Aldo, McGregor wants to try and match his run in Cage Warriors where he was a double-champion.
“I will unify my world title and then I feel in a business sense, it makes sense to move up to take the 155-pound belt, sprinkle that McGregor magic on it and take that 155-pound belt,” he said. “There are a lot of featherweight fights going on this weekend and I’ll wait for a contender to emerge. While I wait, I’ll move up and take the 155-pound belt, and when a featherweight competitor emerges, I’ll come back down and eliminate that, and then move back up again to eliminate the competitor in the 155-pound division.”
FightLine will have complete coverage of Aldo-McGregor and the rest of the card later tonight.