Cub Swanson warns unfocused Conor McGregor to worry about 'tough' Diego Brandao

Jared Wickerham

Championship material? Nah ...

While Conor McGregor continues to have grand visions in his head of enjoying championship glory by the end of this year, No. 1-ranked Featherweight contender Cub Swanson doesn't think the fiery Irishman will ever hold an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) belt.

As Swanson recently revealed to The Telegraph, "Notorious" will never enjoy the benefits that come along with being a UFC champion is because he isn't focused on the opponents he must defeat to earn a 145-pound title shot.

Chief among them is Diego Brandao, the man who looks to end McGregor's ridiculous hype train this weekend (Sat., July 19, 2014) at UFC Fight Night 46 at O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

Swanson -- who happens to train with Brandao at Jackson-Winklejohn MMA -- is currently in Ireland, recounting a brief encounter with McGregor in which he realized that the confident brawler isn't very focused.

Check it out:

"He said, 'Do you want to see what a number-one contender looks like?' I said, 'Yeah, I'll just look in the mirror.' And he just laughed. That's how the conversation really went. I told him to focus on his fight because he's got a tough fight coming up. He said, 'No, I don't. I have an easy fight.' Again, I just laughed and said, 'Look, man, if you live up to your fight, maybe we'll fight some day, but focus on your fight. You don't need to talk crap to me.' I was trying to give him advice, but he's not big on taking it."

In his assessment of his teammate, Brandao, Swanson feels he has all the tools to win. In fact, he just has to ensure he doesn't become his own worst enemy inside the cage. But, since the Brazilian is currently in a good state of mind, he will prove to be a very dangerous challenge for the hometown favorite.

As far as a potential showdown of his own against "Notorious," Swanson didn't hesitate it would be an "easy" challenge for him.

That fight, however, is likely a long way away because Swanson is currently in the running to get next dibs at the UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, who is teed up to rematch Chad Mendes at the end of October.

Winner of six straight, Swanson credits his new-found patience and maturity for his recent success, but that didn't stop him form giving credit to other contenders (McGregor excluded) in the division who he feels can be potential champions.

"I definitely feel like maturity and patience has really helped me. I think Poirier is another guy who could potentially become a champion. I feel he has what it takes because he constantly learns. I honestly don't think Conor McGregor will ever be a champion."

Though he doesn't lack confidence in himself (as this staredown clearly illustrates), it seems McGregor's problem, according to Swanson, is underestimating his opponents.

Will that come back to bite McGregor this weekend when he battles Brandao?

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