Conor McGregor tells Diego Sanchez: 'Excuse me' for wanting to fight top 10 guys

Jared Wickerham

The UFC Featherweight explains how his beef with Diego Sanchez started.

UFC Featherweight Conor McGregor is on the shelf due to an ACL injury since his win over Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs Sonnen. But he's still talking, mostly egging on his out of nowhere Twitter feud with Diego Sanchez. He was on Ariel Helwani's MMA Hour yesterday and explained how the beef started:

"Let's go back way back to where it really started," McGregor said.

"In the leadup to my Max Holloway fight in Boston, when I was doing all my media campaign and my media workout and all that to do, that has been loser was all over Twitter slinging me and saying ‘who is this guy, Holloway is going to own him,' tweet after tweet after tweet. And even then, I didn't acknowledge it. I said, 'that guy's not in my path, I don't give a s--- about that guy, let him say what he wants.'

"I'm thinking OK who's next, who do I want next?" McGregor sad. I want anyone and everyone in that top 10. I'm doing this interview on the top 10, and they asked me about the top 10 and I give my honest opinion on everyone .... I gave my honest opinion for guys I want to face. Excuse me for wanting to face guys in my top 10. I apologize. And then this has been gets involved once again saying I have no respect.

"So I responded, I call him the fattest, slowest, sloppiest martial artist I've ever laid eyes on," McGregor said. "I told him I'd go to 170, I'd whup his fat ass easy. ... He was the one who started about me. I gave my opinion on the Top 10. Nobody else. I had my eyes up on the top 10. I ignored what Diego was saying on the leadup to the Holloway fight. Then I said OK, I'll push the top 10 aside and I'll go after Diego Sanchez a little bit.

"I want Mark Hunt -Bigfoot Silva s---, yeah? That's what I want to happen," he said. "I will make that fight happen. I guarantee you, before he retires, I'm going to whup him. I'm going to school him in evasive combat."

McGregor's doctors tell him he'll be able to grapple again by February.

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