While 2014 has proven to be a lackluster year in terms of developing star power in the UFC, Conor McGregor's meteoric rise through MMA's top promotion has proven to be the exception to undeniable fact.
This has ruffled more than a few feathers in the featherweight division, as the Irishman with a 4-0 record in the UFC is now in a position to leapfrog several worthy title challengers into a main event slot against 145-pound kingpin Jose Aldo - a proposition that does not sit well with Dennis Bermudez.
"I don't care about Conor McGregor," Bermudez informed Ariel Helwani ahead of UFC 180. "I am the No. 1 featherweight in the division. If I ever fight Conor McGregor, I would smash him and run him out of the division. I'm the best at that weight class and I'm going to prove it on Saturday night."
Riding a seven-fight winning streak in the UFC, Bermudez is "1000-percent" certain he has done enough to warrant a title shot in the division.
"I've won seven fights in the UFC - the toughest organization in the world," Bermudez explained. "I haven't been speaking up enough, but we're going to chane that."