Remember when Anderson Silva convinced everyone that his greatest challenged was Anderson Silva?
Conor McGregor believes the same thing – only about himself.
McGregor returns to action this Saturday night at UFC 178 against Dustin Poirier in one of the featured pay-per-view bouts. The Irish fighter has won all three of his Octagon bouts, including a recent stoppage win over Diego Brandao.
Poirier (16-3) has won eight of 10 UFC fights and is ranked fifth. McGregor (15-2) is rated No. 9, but that doesn’t seem to matter to “Notorious.”
“I look in the mirror and that’s the best guy I’ve ever fought,” said McGregor, in an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “For me, this fight seems easy.
“He’s a journeyman fighter, and that’s what I see. He doesn’t impress me at all. I believe he’s a basic fighter, he throws basic shots and in my eyes, he’s a journeyman. It’s that simple.”
McGregor has also toppled Max Holloway and Marcus Brimage since joining the UFC in 2013, while Poirier holds notable Octagon victories over Erik Koch, former Ultimate Fighter winner Jonathan Brookins and most recently Akira Corassani.
Despite getting into several face-to-face battles and verbal arguments with Poirier, McGregor doesn’t really view fighting as a personal matter.
“I don’t dislike anybody – this is business at the end of the day,” he said. “It can be cruel, it can be ruthless, but it is never personal.
“I don’t ever fight with emotion. I can enter cold, calm and collected. That is it. He might have a dislike toward me, but ultimately, that is not my problem.”