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McGregor was on top of the world after finishing Diego
Brandao in the first round of their main event clash at
UFC Fight Night Dublin.
At the post-fight press conference he declared his intention to
take a run at the featherweight title before the end of 2014,
UFC President Dana White expressing doubts about it being
Numerous opponents are of interest to McGregor as he looks to climb
the ladder, but Dustin
Poirier is one who looms large on the radar. “The Diamond” has
had plenty to say about McGregor via social media.
Asked if he would like to fight on the UFC 178 card in September,
with Poirier as the opponent, McGregor said he would be happy to
but expressed doubts about Poirier’s willingness to take the
“That would be perfect for me, because I already know that guy
doesn't want to fight me,” he said. “His teammate Cole Miller
-- they're from the same camp -- pulled out of the fight [with me].
He was supposed to be here; he was scheduled to compete tonight. He
McGregor believes that Poirier -- as well as fellow top 10
featherweight Nik Lentz --
already had one opportunity to step up and face him. Both Poirier
and Lentz train with Miller at the Florida-based American Top
You're trying to tell me Dustin
Poirier, top 10 guy, and Nik Lentz, top
10 guy, both of whom had no fights scheduled, didn't know about
Cole's injury?” McGregor asked. “He would have known before the UFC
would have known. They would have heard about it before the UFC
would have heard, and yet nothing [from them about stepping in].
This is a main-event slot [on] one of the fastest-selling [cards in
UFC history]. It was a big, big event. And yet not a peep out of
either of them.
“I know he doesn't want to fight. He can pretend that he wants to
fight, and send out little tweets about this and that,” McGregor
continued. “Let's do it. One by one I want to take everyone out. If
that's Dustin, no problem.”
McGregor’s outspoken nature and promises to “take everyone out” on
the way to his title shot simultaneously please and worry Dana
“I’d like him to relax. I like that he is ambitious; he just needs
to relax a little bit,” White said. “I love the way he is; I love
the things he says. He reminds me of Ronda
Rousey. Him and his ‘visions’… Ronda
Rousey has a million visions too. She had visions of me and her
meeting and me bringing women to the UFC.
“It’s crazy to listen to her talk of the visions she had, and now I
listen to him talk and it’s hilarious.”
As for the fight with Diego
Brandao, White had nothing but praise for both participants. He
also scotched any suggestion that Brandao had been brought in as a
sacrificial lamb who would be overwhelmed by the Dublin crowd.
“Conor fought a guy tonight who was in the best shape I have ever
seen him in. Mentally he was there,” White said. “His dressing room
is right next to mine. I kept popping into his dressing room like,
‘You hear that crowd?’ He was like, ‘I love it; this place is
awesome!’ So it’s not like he was sitting there freaked out by the
“He came here to win and he is a tough guy. When he is mentally and
physically there he is a tough guy to beat, and Conor made it look