And during his recent appearance on "The MMA Hour," Conor took yet another dig at Diego, downright dismissing his skills and place on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster, saying he belongs in Bellator with all of the other "has-beens."
"With all due respect Ariel, the guy is a has-been. He should be in Bellator with the rest of the has-beens. There is no doubt about it. The only reason he's still signed is because he defends shots with his nose."
And now that "Notorious" has officially asked for a welterweight fight against The Dream" upon his return from injury, the fiery Irishman wants Sanchez to come at him guns blazing like he's done in his previous fights so they can replicate their own version of the epic war between Antonio Silva and Mark Hunt which went down at UFC Fight Night 33 this past weekend (Dec. 6, 2013).
"Enough is enough, what is said is said. We will throw down, I messaged Dana, I messaged Sean Shelby, this fight will happen. This is what I want. I want the motherfucker to come at me. I have so much respect for Max Holloway, he's a great competitor, I believe he whooped Dennis Bermudez' ass, he nearly knocked Bermudez head clean off, but I whooped his ass, he went running, he didn't want to exchange, he was on the defensive, he was waiting for the bell. I want the motherfucker (Sanchez) to come at me and throw down. I want Mark Hunt vs. 'Bigfoot' Silva shit. That's what I fucking want. And you best believe that Diego Sanchez fight will happen. I'm going to make it fucking happen. Whether it be the next fight, I guarantee you I am going to whoop him. I'm going to school him in evasive combat. You can mark my motherfucking words."
Despite Diego's claims that it was Conor who started the trash talk, the truth, according to McGregor, is that Sanchez began spewing fire first, saying that the aforementioned Holloway was going to knock him out at the UFC Fight Night 26 event.
But it was after Sanchez refused to keep his name out of his mouth following that fight when McGregor decided to push the rest of the top 10 featherweights aside and fire back at him. Nevertheless, a fired-up Conor is done talking and tells Diego it's time to put up or shut up and engage with him in an all-out barnburner.
And judging by Diego's track record, he's more than willing to oblige.