Conor McGregor is certainly good at keeping his name out there. The injured featherweight is recovering from an ACL injury and won't likely return to the octagon until July, but people continue to ask him for quotes and he keeps churning them out. The latest steam of questionable statements came in an interview with Irish radio station News Talk, where he riffed on everyone from UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo to Diego Sanchez to some of his other contemporaries at 145 pounds. First off, here's what he had to say about Sanchez (transcribed by David St. Martin of MMA Fighting):
"I would love that [Diego Sanchez] fight, but he's been getting his ass whooped in the past couple fights. I don't want to end his career. He's already slowing. Like he said, he's been with the promotion for nine years. He's been there since Ultimate Fighter 1. He's the original Ultimate Fighter. The guy can barely string a sentence together. It's time to call it a day.
"This is a dangerous game. You don't want to hang around this game too long. I'm going to get in, whoop everyone, take the belts and go home with all the money."
"I don't think so. I think he's basic. His movements are limited. He doesn't do any crazy movements. There's nothing that jumps off the page when I look at him. I thought that straight away. A lot of guys think he's this and think he's that. I certainly don't. That fight will happen and when that fight does happen everyone's going to see. I'm going to prove what I'm saying."
On Ricardo Lamas:
"Well, it's true," McGregor insists. "Nobody does care. When he got the fight against Aldo he fought like he was happy he got the chance. He didn't fight to win. He fought to compete. He fought for the chance. I'm not fighting for the chance. I'm not trying to just get up there so I can say I fought for the belt. I'm taking it. That's my mind frame.
"You can tell by a guy by the way he speaks and what way he approaches the fight. What way he's thinking. He fought just for the chance. He didn't fight to win. He fought to see the bell. The same way I thought [Max] Holloway fought. He didn't fight to win. He fought to make it three rounds."
"[Poirer] has an unusually small head. These are all facts. He's got a big frame with a little, small peahead. Cub Swanson is a little wrinkly mother f***er. He looks old and s**t. I'm just stating facts."
McGregor is expected to meet Cole Miller upon his return.