"Honestly, it doesn't matter who I meet because everyone in that division is in trouble in my eyes. I move differently from all of them. My mind is different than everyone. Diego Sanchez, we've had some issues. He's been in the UFC a long time and he has a big fan base and he's been in some wars and he's a tough, tough guy. But, I'm an intelligent martial artist and it is definitely a fight I would love to have in Dublin. But, right now, I'm focusing on my recovery. It doesn't matter the body that's in front of me. The face is formless, there is no face. There's just a body type, whatever the body type is, I just read the movement in the moment and react off that. It doesn't matter the name or what."
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight contender Conor McGregor recently appeared on TV3's Ireland AM morning show to give an update on the ACL injury which has kept him on the sidelines since defeating Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 26 last April.
And according to the outspoken Irishmen, he is now allowed to do light sparring and grappling and is on the verge of a "groundbreaking recovery," thanks to his hard work and dedication. Once he's ready and able, Conor still has his eyes set on Diego Sanchez, a man McGregor has blasted in the media countless times.
And vice versa.
This time, however, a much calmer McGregor actually gave Sanchez some credit, labeling him a "tough" individual whom he'd love to face in Dublin when UFC returns to Ireland later this year.
That's a far cry from remarks such as this one.
For now, Diego will face Miles Jury at UFC 171 on Mar. 15, 2014 in Dallas, Texas, while Conor continues his recovery process. And if the stars align, fight fans could see McGregor and Sanchez finally settling their differences inside the Octagon later this year.