One of the enduring images of UFC 200 came when the UFC’s longtime photographer, Josh Hedges, snapped a photograph of Conor McGregor midway through the rematch between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar. It is an incredible shot, the lion of the featherweight division standing tall from the crowd, his gaze raptly fixed on the two legends vying for the next shot at his UFC title.
On Monday, McGregor explained the reason for his looming presence during the bout, and also admitted he left that night unimpressed by the performance which ultimately won Aldo the interim UFC featherweight belt.
“That’s my division. My belt. And these [guys] have been talking all kinds of stuff, so I just wanted to stand up and let them know, I’m here. Let me see what the f*ck yous have. Let me see what both of you have,” McGregor said Monday on The MMA Hour. “And at the end of the fight, I’m seeing.
“Frankie can’t touch him and Aldo’s dancing around, playing it safe, and I’m saying fight. F*cking fight. You want this? You want this fight again? Take it. Win it. You can’t play it safe like that. Where’s my excitement in that? You’re running away and you’re just out-slapping him and that’s it. I want to see you come and try and get that fight and really want that fight. I didn’t see that. I saw the same thing I’ve been seeing. I saw that if we signed to fight again, he’s gone running again. That’s what I saw. So I just stood up like, I’m here, let’s see what the f*ck the two of yous have.”
McGregor, 28, is currently scheduled to meet Nate Diaz in a welterweight non-title bout at UFC 202. The fight is a rematch ….View full article
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