For those on edge waiting to see if Conor McGregor will have a scale fail after Chael Sonnen claimed the fiery Irishman had two weeks to lose 27 pounds prior to his weigh-in for his interim title fight against Chad Mends at UFC 189 this Saturday night (July 11, 2015), you can rest easy.
That's because McGregor recently informed Jim Rome that his weight is on point ahead of their showdown inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, revealing that "American Gangster" may have misheard him during their recent conversation.
"That is definitely not true. He must have misheard me, my weight was never that high. I'm a professional inside the Octagon and outside the Octagon. I've flown over a 20-person team, strong team out here to Las Vegas, to prepare for this fight. So I've taken every precaution to prepare for this. This is the fight of my life and I take this game very very seriously so my weight is on point, everything is on track to make 145 pounds, that's it."
McGregor also went on to clarify a recent nugget that had Dana White telling Rome that McGregor had proposed a $3 million wager that he could knockout Mendes by round two of their scheduled five-round fight.
Not true, either, claims "Notorious," who revealed the number was closer to $3.5 million. Plus, he's confident the fight won't actually make it out of the first round, but wanted to be generous and give his employers an extra round to hold on to their millions.
"It was more closer to $3.5 million: There was a stipulation on the pay-per-view buys. It would have added $3.5 million to my purse, and I feel I must see Dana and I must see Lorenzo and we must shake on it. Because a bet of that magnitude, you must shake hands. I will knock him out in the first round, the bet was inside two rounds, it was merely a safety net to throw in that extra round, but I believe he will be finished inside one round. He's too short, he's too predictable, and I got to match my precision with my power; it will be too much for him."
Oh, but the Irishman's hefty goals and expectations don't end there, as the 145-pound standout boasted that when it's all said and done, he wants to be remembered as the greatest of all time who went on to become owner of UFC.
"I want to go down as one of the greatest of all time. I feel in my era, I am pound for pound number one and I would like to go down remembered as that, As far as what's ahead for me, I feel I want shares in the company, I want to own the company one day, that's my goal."
Can't knock the man's self confidence. However, he has a long way to go before he can start eclipsing the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Anderson Silva and even Jon Jones.
A good start will be taking out "Money" in impressive fashion this Saturday night to earn his first-ever UFC "toy" title. A task that will prove to be easier said than done, as Mendes didn't climb his way to the No. 1 ranking by being a pushover.
Then again, "Notorious" has yet to face a challenge inside the Octagon that he didn't pass with little-to-no resistance. Will Mendes be the first?