UFC 194 will feature two title fights as co-headliners - a middleweight battle between Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold underneath a featherweight unification bout between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor. The media rounds have begun for the event, starting with the "Go Big" press conference where McGregor verbally battled with...well, just about everyone.
One of the few that didn't engage him on stage was Rockhold, but in a recent radio interview with Power 106 he made it quite clear that he wasn't a huge fan of McGregor and his antics. The former Strikeforce champ said he told McGregor backstage that his interim UFC featherweight belt was "fake" and couldn't resist taking a shot at him near the end of the banter with the hosts. When they brought up an arm-wrestling contest that one of the radio people apparently beat McGregor in, Rockhold's response was pretty blunt:
"You beat an anorexic leprechaun."
He expanded on his thoughts about Conor in a brief interview with TMZ:
"He's a lot smaller than he says he is ... literally and figuratively.
"He's a great fighter, a good fighter, but he's unproven. He's the number one contender, not a champion, and we'll see what he's really capable of. I think he has a lot of holes in his game. He's got a great country behind him. He's a great talker, and he's great for the sport. But there can only be so many of them.
"I'm lying if I say I'm not entertained by him at some points, but other times I want to slap the s**t out of him. He's comparing himself to Van Gogh, he's (Muhammad) Ali and all this. Even comparing himself to (Ronda) Rousey. Rousey's here (holds hand high), and you're down here buddy. Take your time, you know, and practice some humility."
UFC 194 goes down on December 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.