McGregor: 'I want the gold' at 155, 170 pounds

McGregor: 'I want the gold' at 155, 170 pounds

What do you think about McGregor's willingness to step in and replace Nurmagomedov or Ferguson at UFC 249?

As far as Nurmagomedov, McGregor said the lightweight champ is scared of a rematch.

But now apparently refocused, McGregor says that he intends to remind audiences exactly why he is the biggest box office star in mixed martial arts history against "Cowboy" - but why him, exactly? He doesn't want it. You get it. He's trying not to lose it again. I just smell s-t. He's afraid, and that's it. We all want it. He can run, but he cannot hide.

"If you look at the list of call-outs or people I've engaged with, Donald was probably one of the first ones so he's first on the list".

McGregor will face the experienced UFC veteran later this month in what will be his first fight since an October 2018 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov. The pair squares off in a five-round welterweight bout, which headlines UFC 246 fight card live on pay-per-view. The two lightweights will meet in a five-round welterweight non-title fight to headline UFC 246 on January 18 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

"Listen, Dana's the greatest promoter in history (and) I respect the man very much", he said.

"He hasn't got really anything", said McGregor, who didn't think the BMF fight proved anything. "I was disrespectful to my team with my lack of commitment, and I still went out and done that".

"So Conor would be ready for that fight".

A win against Cerrone could open doors for McGregor, who sounds committed to making a comeback and reminding people "about my skill base".

"It's happened multiple times where it's scheduled four times in a row, and now this is the fifth", McGregor said.

And he's more than ready to kick off his "2020 season" on a high note. "That's what I weigh now", McGregor explained when asked about how welterweight translates to him fighting at the top of the 155-pound weight class. Second round, look at the lackadaisical approach I had to him. And whoever is after that, again it does not matter. I like the look of Kamaru Usman, I like the look of Colby.

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