Connor Mcgregor has been up to his old tricks in the past few days and seems intent on creating a few headlines through his legendary mouth.
He'll have a chance to make the headlines for all the right reasons when he steps back into the octagon after a six-month absence from competition at UFC 202.
The Irishman is going to have a chance to avenge his defeat to Nate Diaz last time out when they collide in Las Vegas, but the 28-year-old can't help but think how different things might have been had some of his fights not been cancelled along the way.
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In a UFC 202 conference call, McGregor asserted that he would be a two-weight champion by now if he had fought former UFC Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, as was originally planned before his embarrassing defeat to Diaz.
"Realistically I should be a two-weight UFC world champion," McGregor said the UFC 202 conference call. "If I fought Rafael dos Anjos, if he didn't pussy out of that last one and showed up, the shots I cracked Nate with in the first eight minutes would've KO'd Rafael dos Anjos stiff. That's no question.
"I would be sitting here right now as a two-weight world champion," he said. "But I don't dwell on that. I am happy that this happened, because it forced me to look at my preparation, look at the route I was going. It forced me to reassess"
However, McGregor is grateful for what has happened in his career since that phantom bout and he wouldn't trade his upcoming rematch with Diaz for anything.
"But make no mistake, this one means a hell of a lot to me. This one means more than any amount of gold or money combined."
"I gave up a hell of a lot of money. I gave up opportunities - Hollywood opportunities - for this contest," McGregor said, referencing a movie role on XXX which Michael Bisping ended up filling in for. "I wanted to restrict media. I want to solely focus on this, so that should tell you how much this fight means to me and I've been preparing accordingly."
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