Conor McGregor today revealed he’s had a bet with UFC president Dana White that, should UFC Fight Night Dublin on July 19th be the fastest selling card in UFC history, he’ll land a shot at the featherweight title belt.
The Irishman lit up today’s UFC Fight Night Dublin conference call despite the absence of headline opponent Cole Miller, and once again reaffirmed his desire to claim a shot at the UFC featherweight belt before the end of the year.
Speaking from his training camp in Iceland, where he’ll spend the next five weeks working alongside teammate and co-headliner Gunnar Nelson, McGregor admits he’s getting ready for the biggest night of his life – and the biggest night in the history of Irish MMA.
The 26-year-old said: “I want the whole of Irish MMA to capitalize on this. I want an entire generation to follow me. But I’m still quite young and I'm only getting started.
“This means everything to me. I’m not here to make up the numbers. This is the first UFC Fight Night to go on Fox. Fox TV in America want this fight because they know what it means. This will be the fastest selling show in UFC history. We’ve got terrestrial TV in Ireland to show this fight as well. I am shooting right to the top. I text Dana and bet him a title shot that this is the fastest selling event in UFC history.”
McGregor once again questioned both Miller’s and the rest of the 145lb division’s championship desires, and insisted he’s not willing to wait in line for his shot. On July 19th he’s claiming it.
“What are Cole Miller’s aspirations? Why is he even here? Why is he in the UFC?” McGregor asked. “I am working to become the greatest. I want Hall of Fame. I want to be a history maker. He’s working hard to be a test for me, and that’s the difference."
He added: “I'm not impressed with what I see. I don’t see anyone at this level at my level. None of these guys are at my level. Not one of them move like I move, or are prepared for what I bring. At the end of the day, it comes down to when it actually happens. For me I now what’s going to happen.
“You can’t fear success. But I think a lot of people do. The UFC have given me everything I’ve asked for, so I don’t understand why people are sitting there being quiet and not succeeding. I can’t sit and be quite. I’m going for it."
Of the July 19th showdown and beyond, he finished: “I am supremely confident I’m going to run through Cole Miller. So I’m not looking past him, I’m looking through him. I’m going to run through him for Irish MMA. It should actually be me versus Dustin Poirier on this card to be honest. But it is what it is.
“But I believe whoever makes the most noise out of me, Edgar vs. Penn and Swanson vs. Stephens – all featherweight fights which happen around the same time – will get the next shot. And so I believe it will be me getting the next shot.”
“Cole Miller is a blue belt in my opinion. He’s weak on top. I’ll maul him on the ground… I’m gonna run through him. I’m gonna steal the show, and I’m gonna perform better than those other two featherweight fights. That’s how I’m going to get my title shot.”
* Tickets for the UFC Fight Night Dublin card go on sale from tomorrow to Fight Club members from 10am. A special internet pre-sale will also be available to UFC newsletter subscribers from 10am on Thursday before the public on-sale on Friday.
UFC Fight Night Dublin Confirmed Fights
- Conor McGregor vs. Cole Miller (featherweight)
- Gunnar Nelson vs. Zak Cummings (welterweight)
- Brad Pickett vs. Ian McCall (flyweight)
- Norman Parke vs. Naoyuki Kotani (lightweight)
- Tom Lawlor vs. Ilir Latifi (light heavyweight)
- Neil Seery vs. Phil Harris (flyweight)
- Tor Troeng vs. Trevor Smith (middleweight)
- Cody Donovan vs. Nikita Krylov (light heavyweight)