McGregor Calls Aldo ‘Basic’, Blasts Sanchez, Swanson, Poirier, More
By Evan Stoumbelis
Featherweight Conor McGregor may not have stepped in the Octagon to fight recently, since August to be exact, however that hasn’t stopped him from trying to pick fights outside of the Octagon with his fellow UFC peers.
McGregor went on a rant (transcribed by) MMAFighting.com about several of his UFC peers including, featherweight champion Jose Aldo, former #1 contender Ricardo Lamas, and the original Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Sanchez.
First McGregor went off about Jose Aldo:
“I think he’s basic. His movements are limited. He doesn’t do any crazy movements. There’s nothing that jumps off the page when I look at him. I thought that straight away. A lot of guys think he’s this and think he’s that. I certainly don’t. That fight will happen and when that fight does happen everyone’s going to see. I’m going to prove what I’m saying.”
Next McGregor vented about Diego Sanchez:
“I would love that fight, but he’s been getting his ass whooped in the past couple fights. I don’t want to end his career. He’s already slowing. Like he said, he’s been with the promotion for nine years. He’s been there since Ultimate Fighter 1. He’s the original Ultimate Fighter. The guy can barely string a sentence together. It’s time to call it a day. This is a dangerous game. You don’t want to hang around this game too long. I’m going to get in, whoop everyone, take the belts and go home with all the money.”
He continued by taking shots at Ricardo Lamas:
“Nobody does care. When he got the fight against Aldo he fought like he was happy he got the chance. He didn’t fight to win. He fought to compete. He fought for the chance. I’m not fighting for the chance. I’m not trying to just get up there so I can say I fought for the belt. I’m taking it. That’s my mind frame. You can tell by a guy by the way he speaks and what way he approaches the fight. What way he’s thinking. He fought just for the chance. He didn’t fight to win. He fought to see the bell. The same way I thought Holloway fought. He didn’t fight to win. He fought to make it three rounds.”
And last but certainly not least McGregor capped off his rant by insulting Cub Swanson and Dustin Poirier
“[Poirer] has an unusually small head. These are all facts. He’s got a big frame with a little, small peahead. Cub Swanson is a little wrinkly mother f—er. He looks old and s—. I’m just stating facts.”
Certainly one of the more interesting interviews by one of MMA’s biggest personalities.
McGregor is recovering from a torn ACL, but will likely return to action in his hometown of Dublin when the UFC holds an event there on July 19th.