8 ridiculous Conor McGregor quotes from his interview with Stephen A. Smith | Opinion

We’re used to Conor McGregor speaking a giant recreation earlier than his fights, however there’s one thing in regards to the phrases popping out of his mouth within the build-up to UFC 264 that simply don’t really feel the identical. Maybe that hasn’t been extra evident this week than in his interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, which was launched Thursday.

McGregor sounded determined, his phrases performed out, like he’s attempting to speak himself into believing that he’s nonetheless a 2015/2016 model of himself, which appears like ages in the past heading into Saturday evening’s extremely anticipated trilogy struggle in opposition to Dustin Poirier with their collection tied at one knockout apiece.

A win completely is critical if McGregor is to return to his glory days. Identical to earlier than the rematch with Poirier, McGregor’s starvation to be the very best (in spite of everything, he’s tremendous wealthy) is being questioned by loads of pundits. His response has been to say issues that make you surprise if he really believes them.

Under are eight ridiculous quotes from McGregor’s interview with Stephen A.

“Am I the hungry lion I as soon as was? Possibly not. It’s definitely totally different, however I’m now the fats cat. I’m the fats cat pulling all of the strings round right here, and that’s an much more harmful particular person.”

Why it’s ridiculous: What does this even imply? Calling your self a “fats cat” implies you have got what you want and that you just’ve misplaced your edge. How can that be extra harmful than a hungry lion?

“I really feel virtually pity for some individuals within the recreation, to be trustworthy. I had a little bit little bit of pity for Dustin. He’s been round a few years. It’s not a reasonably recreation for lots of people on this enterprise. I simply got here again and needed to be respectful and provides the jewels, and f*ck that this time. It wasn’t reciprocated. It was shady. It’s not that I didn’t find out about it. It’s not that I didn’t know the intentions, however now the intentions are clear, and I’m gonna punish him for that.”

Why it’s ridiculous: McGregor didn’t hassle to enter particulars on this declare, merely accusing Poirier of “shady conduct” and saying he’s “not within the enterprise of explaining any of it.” Onerous to consider that is something apart from on the lookout for a purpose to hate a universally cherished determine like Poirier.

“I pitied the person, to be trustworthy. I used to be wanting previous him. I had a Manny Pacquiao camp in place, and that was three-quarters of the camp.”

Why it’s ridiculous: Excuses, excuses for getting knocked out within the rematch.

“He additionally shot for the legs 20 seconds in, virtually as quick because the Dagestani (Khabib Nurmagomedov) did. The Dagestani shot for the legs for a takedown 15 seconds into the primary spherical. Dustin was 20 seconds. They know what’s what. They know the hazard that they face. I perceive they struggle me afraid. They dive for the legs. They attempt to stall positions. They shell up. They appear to kick the legs. There’s issues I’m conscious of now, and I’ve made changes. I sit up for correcting it.”

Why it’s ridiculous: Properly, they both “know the hazard that they face,” OR … they know McGregor’s weaknesses. It’s known as combined martial arts, in spite of everything.

“My document in combined martial arts competitors is nineteen wins and one loss. I solely depend knockouts. I solely depend knockouts. Dustin’s document is 13 wins, two losses. The one factor that’s last on this enterprise is a knockout. All the opposite issues – the selections, the faucets – all that sh*t means nothing to me.”

Why it’s ridiculous: What isn’t ridiculous about this assertion? (lol)

“I despatched electrical bolts via his whole physique, from his head to his toes. You’ll be able to see him rattled within the octagon. Within the first spherical AND within the second spherical, he was out on his toes. He is aware of it, in addition to I do know it. It’s gonna be a butchering.”

Why it’s ridiculous: Pay attention, McGregor had some success within the first spherical of the rematch with Poirier, however there was by no means a second in that struggle the place you felt Poirier was in deep trouble of being completed.

“I’m coming in to kill this man. I’m coming in with vicious intent right here – homicide pictures.”

Why it’s ridiculous: It’s not a struggle to the loss of life. Critically. On the danger of being known as out for being too smooth, can we simply cease with the loss of life threats? No person must be murdered. Simply knocked out is sweet sufficient.

“UFC wants me perpetually. I’m perpetually. I’m perpetually. My accomplishments are perpetually, my knockouts are perpetually, my run is perpetually, my domination of two divisions is perpetually, and what’s to return is gonna be extra perpetually.”

Why it’s ridiculous: A 1-2 document as a light-weight, however certain – “domination of two divisions.”

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