This weekend, the UFC will make its long anticipated debut in New York City with UFC 205. The card will be headlined by a lightweight title fight between divisional king Eddie Alvarez and featherweight titleholder Conor McGregor. If McGregor comes out on top in this massive showdown, he’ll become the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes concurrently.
When this blockbuster bout was being constructed, their was speculation that McGregor would be forced to vacate his featherweight title, which would of course deprive him of the opportunity to make history as a two-division champ. According to McGregor, however, this was never a real worry, as he’s confident in his ability to call his own shots within the UFC.
“Listen, everyone in this game does what the f*ck they’re told. Everyone but me, because I run this game,” McGregor said (via MMAFighting.com). “So I don’t give a f*ck about all of that. They told you you’re on the prelims, you’re on the f*cking prelims. They told you to fight, now you’re on the f*cking Fight Night. Nobody has no say in this but me. I’m the only one who can say anything about anything. Everyone else does what they’re told, and rightfully f*cking so.”
“I run this whole sh*t,” The Irishman continued. “I run New York. I’m the reason we’re even here in the first place. I’m the reason this whole thing is happening. If I wasn’t here, this whole ship goes down, and that’s the truth. That’s facts. There’s no one else out there. There’s no one but me.”
McGregor also addressed recent rumors that he’d be taking time off after UFC 205, regardless of the outcome of his bout with Alvarez.
“I love it. I don’t stop. It’s all I do,” he said of these of rumors. “I don’t do nothing else. I continue to show up, I continue to fight, I continue to put these amazing events for the amazing fans of this sport. Of course I love what I do, and not only am I not getting tired of it, I’m actually getting better at it.”
“I’m a lot more in control of everything,” he continued. “That goes right down the line from the media content I’m giving out, just everything. I’m in control of absolutely everything in my life. I keep getting better, and that’s at everything. Not just skill-wise, not just cardio-wise, not just nutrition-wise. Everything. Every aspect of my life. Business, media, everything. You name it, I get better each and every day.”
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