The UFC held a conference call to promote next weekend’s UFC 205 event and, as expected, Conor McGregor had a lot to say. The UFC featherweight champ is looking to become the first fighter to hold two belts at the same time in the promotion when he takes on lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the headliner. Alvarez has had a lot to say in regards to McGregor over the last month, and had a bit more to say today, but let’s face it – this was the McGregor show.
McGregor vividly described exactly what he intends to do to Alvarez in the cage (transcribed by MMA Fighting):
“He’s thinking it’s a game,” McGregor said. “It’s like you look into these people’s eyes and they don’t see it as a reality just yet. They’re trying to look away and make it something else. ‘This isn’t happening.‘ And then we’re in the Octagon, and then we’re about to fight, and I see what I see in their eyes.
“I see them break, bit by bit. And then we’re in the Octagon and I break them myself. So that’s it. I’m looking forward to going in. He’s claiming it’s an easier contest. I look forward to seeing the eyes, when the eyes roll, and the electric shock darts through his whole body and goes to his knees. And then he comes up in survival mode, and that panic sets through his whole body, his whole face. That’s something I’m looking forward to, and I will go out there and I will punish him for that, for those words that he’s saying. I’m going to retire him on this night.”
He then took it a step further, even referencing Eddie’s wife and kids:
“I’m going to hurt you badly. I’m going to rip you up badly, I swear to God. Trust me, you’re going regret that,” McGregor said.
“I feel [people are] going to see something they haven’t seen before. I’m going to toy with this man. I’m going to really, truly rearrange his facial structure. His wife and kids will never recognize him again. His friends and the people that he knows will know that he’s not the same man after this contest. So he’s going to be in a shock when he sees that. That’s it.”
Other things of note from the call include McGregor denying that he’d be taking some time off; reiterating that he would like to defend both belts if he wins; taking shots at Chad Mendes and Alvarez teammate Frankie Edgar; and commenting on his cardio, saying he’s in tip-top shape for this bout.
UFC 205 goes down next Saturday, November 12th, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Check out some of the audio above, courtesy of our friends at Submission Radio.