15 best Conor McGregor quotes

Conor McGregor’s trash talking has become as much a trademark as his devastating fighting style since he joined the UFC three years ago.

The Irishman was at it again during a pre-fight press conference with Nate Diaz ahead of UFC 196 on March 5 and in honour of the featherweight champion’s tough talk we’ve picked out the fifteen best McGregor quotes.

15. The McGregor belt
“I should create my own belt. I am, in myself, my own belt. It doesn’t matter if its featherweight, lightweight, welterweight. It’s the McGregor belt. That’s it, I’m fighting for my own belt.”

14. Aldo’s ‘Period pain’
“He (Jose Aldo) has been medically cleared to fight. Doctors have looked at him, examined him. He went out and saw a gynecologist and it turns out, it was just a little period pain.”

13. A promise of death
(To Aldo) “Look into my eyes. Little Brazilian. Você vai morrer (you are going to die).”

12. On the possibility of fighting Floyd Mayweather
“If you’re asking would I like to fight Floyd Mayweather — I mean, who would not like to dance around the ring for $180 million?”

11. A game changer

“I’m going to change the way martial arts is viewed. I’m going to change the game. I’m going to change the way people approach fighting.”

10. The Irish are coming
“We’re not just here to take part — we’re here to take over.”

9. A quick rise to the top
“I didn’t have money before this. I was collecting 188 Euro a week off the social welfare. And now here I am, with like 60 G’s bonus and then my own pay. I don’t know what the F’s going on, to be honest, right?”

8. Spending big
“These custom-made suits aren’t cheap. This solid gold pocket watch, three people died making this watch. I need to put people away. I need those big fights. I’m going to end up in debt pretty fast.”

7. On Rio de Janeiro
“I own this town, I own Rio de Janeiro, so for him to say that he is the king and I am the joker, if this was a different time, I would invade his favela on horseback, and would kill anyone who wasn’t fit to work, but we’re in a new time, so I’ll whoop his ass instead.”

6. Fight well, look good
“There’s two things I really like to do and that’s whoop ass and look good. I’m doing one of them right now and on Saturday night, I’m doing the other.”

5. On the hearing that he would be fighting Chad Mendes instead of Aldo
“The ship was sailing smoothly. My coach came into my room at 1 pm, I was sleeping, and he told me that Mendes was replacing Aldo. I opened one eye, said “it makes no difference” then went back to sleep.

4. Only one thing that matters
“The only weight I give a f*** about is the weight of the cheques and my cheques are super-heavyweight.”

3. Torn ACL? No problem
“My knee popped, but f**k it, it is what it is. I just went with what was comfortable, and what was comfortable was get the motherf**ker to the ground. Looking back, I should have just pulled my knee from my leg and hit him with it.”

2.Speaking the truth
“Trash talk? Smack talk? This is an American term that makes me laugh. I simply speak the truth. I’m an Irish man.”

“I am cocky in prediction. I am confident in preparation, but I am always humble in victory or defeat.”

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