Less than 24 hours before UFC 179, Conor McGregor fielded questions from a boisterous Brazilian crowd prior to the weigh-ins.
Although it was expected that McGregor would answer some interesting questions in this Q&A session, the Brazilian contingency was far more interested in attacking McGregor with a variety of slurs and degrading comments in Portuguese.
After engaging with the fans for the better part of 20 minutes, McGregor began suggesting to several overzealous fans in the stands that they should "come down here and kiss (his) feet."
Weeks later, the Irish sensation was asked about that spirited encounter with the Brazilian fans, and he explained that he fully expected a tense session with the "passionate" fans.
"I enjoyed the experience in Brazil," McGregor said at "The Time is Now" UFC event. "I enjoyed it. It is what it is. Passion is passion. They're passionate about this sport, I felt like, they wanted to kill me as much as I wanted to kill them."
Had the situation been reversed with Aldo answering questions in Ireland, McGregor his countrymen would have reacted in similar fashion,
"I enjoyed it. This is the game. Fans enjoy the Brazilian competitors. If it was in Ireland, it would be just as crazy in the other direction."
Nevertheless, McGregor is adamant that he is respectful of the crowds and holds no grudges against anyone.
"I respect these people," McGregor said. "At the end of the day I respect everybody. I'm on my own journey, but there's only room for one."
Transcription taken from MMAFighting.com