Few have risen to the top of the mixed martial arts world faster than UFC featherweight Conor McGregor. Upon his arrival in the UFC in April 2013, the 26-year-old Irishman called out the entire division and let it be known that he’s eyeing the 145-pound belt.
Current featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo is scheduled to put his title on the line in a rematch with Team Alpha Male-trained Chad Mendes at UFC 179 on Oct. 25. McGregor will be watching closely, but doesn’t give a damn which one wins.
“There are many factors to it,” said McGregor during the UFC 178 Media Day promoting his upcoming fight against Dustin Poirier.
He predicts a first-round knockout win over Poirier and is more than willing to step in if Aldo or Mendes get injured and have to pull out of their fight.
“I put him (Poirier) away in the first round and there’s still six weeks until the title fight. Someone could slip on a banana peel,” said McGregor. “Chad Mendes could slip on a banana peel. And, hey, let’s bring in that hansom Irish guy who keeps ripping people’s heads off, that will sell more pay-per-views than both Chad and Jose.”
As far as the rematch between Aldo and Mendes, McGregor thinks it could be challenger’s time.
“I think Aldo is on his way out to be honest with you. He’s complaining about the money. I don’t think he wants it anymore. He’s fed up with it. He obviously has injuries back-and-forth. I know that can be deteriorating on the mind,” said the featherweight rising star.
“But in the first fight, Chad got embarrassed. He got beaten everywhere,” added McGregor. “His takedowns got stopped and he was getting mauled on his feet. And then he got KO’d in the first round. You can’t look past that.”
McGregor feels the stars may be aligned for Mendes to avenge his previous loss to Aldo, but is confident he’d beat either of the two.
“If Chad ever had a chance it would probably be now. He has the momentum with T.J. Dillashaw winning the fight with Renan Barao, Aldo coming off an injury. It’s his best chance, but we’ll see,” he said. “Ultimately, I don’t really give a (expletive). I’ll kill both of them.”