Conor McGregor is not prepared for modesty when it comes to his title aspirations. Not only does the Irish star believe he will reign over his division as champion, he insists that he is working towards becoming the "greatest" fighter in the UFC.
McGregor's recent ACL injury also helped add to his already existing motivation to reach that goal. The Irishman knows now not to take his health for granted, and is grateful to finally be getting back into the UFC octagon.
"You know, when I'm really, really tired, complaining about the [weight] cut or complaining about the hard training, I'm gonna look back on this and think don't take this for granted." McGregor told media members on the UFC Dublin conference call, "For me, this calms me. I needed this in my life. The fact that it was taken away from me for a while, and now that it is back, I honestly feel like I am a better athlete for it. I know more about the human body, more about rehabilitation, more about pre-habilitation, and pre-injury workouts."
McGregor, who is scheduled to face Cole Miller in the main event of UFC Dublin in July, has made it very clear that he is already looking past Cole Miller, and is more interested in his ultimate goal - the UFC belt. Why many of the fighter's under contract with the UFC do not share his aspiration baffles him.
"From the day I signed last year, my eyes have been on the goal. Anyone that is in my way is in the firing line. I'm doing it the right way. So many [of these guys] have no aspirations to win the UFC belt. They shouldn't be there. Cole [Miller] I believes he is one of them. What's his aspiration? Have you heard Cole once mention the belt? I'm out here working to become the greatest. That is my goal.
"I'm looking to go down as the greatest of all time. Hall of Fame history-maker."
UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Miller takes place July 19, at The O2 in Dublin, Ireland.