Conor McGregor may be contemplating a change to his nickname. Perhaps “Nostradamus” would be more appropriate than “Notorious”; at least, if his predictions continue to come true.
The brash Irishman’s latest prediction? Finishing Dennis Siver inside of the first two minutes of their fight on Jan. 18 in Boston.
“It’s exactly as I said it was going to be. I said football stadiums. I said world titles. This is what I said and this is what is happening. It’s a beautiful thing when you have the ability to predict the future, and that is what I feel I have,” McGregor said during Saturday’s UFC 182 pay-per-view.
“So Jan. 18, I feel I will stop Dennis Siver inside two minutes. I’ve ran through some scenarios, I cannot see him escaping the first two minutes. He is a seasoned veteran. He is a kickboxing expert, a taekwondo expert. He is my most experienced competitor that I will ever have faced. But I feel that under two minutes it will take me to dispatch him, and again it will make way for the football stadium in Ireland.”
Although UFC president Dana White has yet to fully commit to a McGregor victory translating to a football stadium in Ireland for his next fight, he has said that beating Siver would indeed put McGregor in a title fight with featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
“This fight in Boston, if he wins this fight, he’s going to fight for the title. I don’t know where yet,” White said last week, according to FOX Sports.
Digging deeper into his prognosticating skills, McGregor also predicted that once he defeats Siver, he will do the same thing to Aldo, who hasn’t lost since 2005 and is in the midst of an 18-fight winning streak.
“I’m not looking past him, I’m looking through him,” McGregor said of Siver.
“It will be the same outcome when myself and Jose face off. He will not stand a chance.”
McGregor and Siver headline UFC Fight Night 59 on Jan. 18 at the TD Garden in Boston. The bout will be a five-round main event, airing live on FOX Sports 1.