Despite losing his last fight to Dustin Poirier by TKO in January, Conor McGregor appears to be supremely confident that he’s going to beat him in their highly-anticipated trilogy encounter at UFC 264 on Saturday night.
“He’s a corpse,” McGregor told The MacLife. “A dead body, a blank face that’s going to get his ass whooped and taken out on a stretcher.”
So, what’s happened in the past six months that’s reinforced McGregor’s belief that he can avenge his previous loss to ‘The Diamond?’ McGregor says it’s his laser-focused training camp that’s the big difference from last time out.
“[We] just focused on mixed martial arts, first of all,” McGregor said. “It was an 85 percent camp for boxing [before UFC 257], for Manny Pacquiao, that’s how the fight came about. It was going to be a charity event, not even under the UFC banner. It was just because he was a southpaw and I felt a bit of pity for him and whatnot, so I’d help him out. And that’s it. It went the way it went and I got a setback in there, but setbacks are a beautiful thing. Defeat is the secret ingredient to success, I say, and it’s put me right where I need to be.”
As for giving his prediction as to how the fight will go, McGregor doesn’t name a round, but he’s certain of what will happen.
“Just a slaughter and a play with a scared little boy. He’s fighting scared like he always does, like they always do against me, so now I’m going to play with the little boy, play with me food, and then just devour it.”
Meanwhile, McGregor is already looking ahead to a potential title showdown with Charles Oliveira if he wins on Saturday night, and even has a date and destination in mind for it.
“I feel maybe Christmas time, December, I don’t know, we’ll talk afterward. But that world title will be contested in the Allegiant Stadium here in Las Vegas, I would imagine so,” McGregor said. “I like the look of it. It’s called the Death Star as well, and that’s what I’m feeling like right now — a Death Star.”