While he only has one fight inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon -- a first round knockout win over Marcus Brimage at UFC on Fuel TV 9 -- Conor McGregor is confident he can compete with Featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
As a matter a fact, "Notorious" says he doesn't see anything in Aldo to fear, especially after his latest performance against Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163. While "Junior" eventually earned the fourth round technical knockout, the Irishman wasn't too impressed with the output of Aldo -- or Korean Zombie -- for that matter.
In fact, he argues that if UFC officials gave him the chance, he'd be ready to step into the cage with them at the drop of a dime. And he'd give them both plenty of trouble and perhaps steal the show while he's at it.
He explained to Bloody Elbow:
"I watched the Aldo vs. the Korean Zombie fight, and I think you could put me in there tomorrow with either of them. If you think I wouldn't trouble either of them, then you're highly mistaken. Look, put me in there next time. I'll bring a whole nation of people behind me. I'll sell. I know I've only had one fight in there, but guess what? I'm bringing more hype than everyone else combined. I feel confident; I don't fear either of those guys. I wasn't impressed. It was basic. It wasn't spontaneous, it wasn't creative, it was one shot, one shot. It was something I looked at and I didn't think, ‘these guys are ahead of me', you know? I'm confident. I'm confident that my time is here. My time is now."
If McGregor didn't feel he got his money's worth watching Aldo and Jung duke it out, it could be because both men were punching and kicking each other at half strength.
After the bout, it was revealed Aldo had suffered a broken foot and was dealing with some kidney stones, while Jung suffered a fractured foot, as well as a broken orbital to go along with the separated shoulder he endured prior to the stoppage.
Nevertheless, the feisty Irishman isn't scared to throw down with either of them. But, first things first, he has to deal with Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 26 on Aug. 17, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Should he wow the crowd -- and his employers -- again, he could be fighting Jung or maybe even Aldo sooner than he thinks.