Conor McGregor may only have two fights in the UFC, but during his limited stint with the organization he has managed to get the attention of most of the promotion's featherweight division. If you needed proof of that fact, the post-fight interviews at the recent Abu Dhabi Fight Night event had you covered in that respect.
There were two 145 pound contests on the fight card, and both victorious fighters called for a bout against McGregor. The first fighter to speak McGregor's name was preliminary card fighter Jim Alers, but the more memorable call out came from No. 9 ranked Clay Guida. That call out came after Guida defeated No. 12 ranked Tatsuya Kawajiri by unanimous decision in the co-main event.
Guida, speaking to UFC commentator Dan Hardy said, "There's someone out there, the UFC's protecting this leprechaun, he got called out earlier - Conor McGregor. I don't call anybody out - after your injury, after your heal up, if you want to fight a real man there ain't no gold at the end of that rainbow just a chest hair sandwich from a mullet with a caveman attached to it."
At the post-fight press conference, Guida expanded on the reason he invoked McGregor's name, "You know, he doesn't really rub me the wrong way. I believe he's got all the talents, but we haven't seen him tested yet. It's good to see up-and-comers get a lot of publicity like him. But I think maybe the fact that him and my good friend and teammate Cub Swanson had a little beef one night at a show, the fact that they're keeping him in close quarters and keeping an eye on him, by fighting in his own country. Let's see what he's made of. It doesn't have to be his next fight, but let's let him get a little momentum and put him in there against a guy that's got some experience, and we'll see what he's made of."
Guida also said that if the fight with McGregor does come to fruition he hopes that it will be assigned main event status because, "Five rounds is my thing," said Guida. "If you want to see that guy cry, put him in there with me for five rounds."
McGregor is currently recovering from knee surgery, and is hoping to be back in action when the UFC heads to Dublin, Ireland on July 19.