Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim Featherweight champion, Conor McGregor, grows bolder with each passing second.
"Notorious" was on a media tour today to promote the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 22, which he will coach opposite Urijah Faber (see full cast, program details here). The "Irishman," naturally, hijacked the media opportunity to make his future fight intentions crystal clear:
"Butcher" 145-pound division champion Jose Aldo in the main event of UFC 194 on Dec. 12, 2015, and then bolt for the 155-pound weight class and "destroy" the competition there.
His words from a media luncheon earlier this afternoon (via MMAFighting.com):
"I feel I want Jose to show up -- I’m going to retire Jose and end his career -- and then I’ve done what I’ve said I would do. I said I would kill the Featherweight division ... there’s nobody left.... If Frankie [Edgar] was to put on a phenomenal performance and stop Chad [Mendes], then I could probably say, 'Alright, let’s answer the Frankie question, let’s shut him down real quick.' But, in my mind, I’m thinking unify and destroy."
Edgar and Mendes -- who McGregor defeated via technical knockout at UFC 189 to win the interim strap with Aldo out with injury -- are scheduled to headline TUF 22 Finale, which takes place one night before UFC 194 in "Sin City" (more details here).
"The Answer" has been after McGregor for some time, even confronting him on the Octagon apron after his victory over "Money" back in July. The former Lightweight champion feels UFC is "milking" McGregor and his popularity; however, with a win over Mendes, Edgar would no longer have to worry about a "numbers game" as the No. 1-ranked division contender.
Meanwhile, Rafael dos Anjos will look to defend his 155-pound strap for the first time ever against Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 17, which takes place at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 19, 2015.
It's turning out to be a ridiculous 10 days of UFC action in December. And perhaps an even more ridiculous start to 2016 if the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) league let's McGregor off his tattering leash.