Conor McGregor: ‘It’s hard to be humble when I see a lot of featherweight rookies around’

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Sometimes, it's just too hard to be humble when you posses the swagger that Conor McGregor does.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) may have found its new international star in Conor McGregor, but the fiery Irishman isn't doing himself any favors with most of his colleagues, thanks to his brash bravado and outbursts such as this one.

But, "Notorious" isn't in the sport to make friends, his intent is to become the promotion's 145-pound champion, unlike other "lazy schmucks," who didn't have what it takes to succeed on the biggest fighting platform of them all.

He's off to a fine start, winning his first two fights inside the Octagon, defeating Marcus Brimage in his debut at UFC on FUEL TV 9 and Max Holloway four months later at UFC Fight Night 26.

And while the confident and sometimes cocky McGregor tries his hardest to be humble, he admits it's a challenge; especially being surrounded by some many "rookies," as he recently explained during an interview on "UFC Tonight:"

"Honestly, you can put me in there with any of these guys. I feel more than confident. I try so hard to be humble, Jesus, Mary and Joseph know how hard I tried to be humble. But then I look around the division, the top 10, and it's impossible to be humble. I just see rookies everywhere, you know? So little rookies and so little time. I just can't wait to get back in there to prove what I already know."

Conor suffered a torn ACL during in his victory over Holloway which sidelined him for 10 months. According to the "super freak," he could be back sooner, but isn't going to rush the process.

Currently in Los Angeles, California, for his rehab following surgery, McGregor is confident he can continue to live up to the hype once he is ready and able to return to action.

And according to the outspoken featherweight, he doesn't care who he gets in his return, he just wants the chance to prove to the rest of the mixed martial arts (MMA) world what he already knows, that he has what it takes to compete with -- and beat -- the best 145-pound fighters in the world.

Anyone disagree?

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