- 1. Predicting the future
- 2. On exotic animals
- 3. Speaking in Rio de Janeiro
- 4. Drilling a Monster energy can through Aldo’s head
- 5. It will all be A-okay
- 6. You are going to die
- 7. You can’t force a man to fight
- 8. On the possibility of fighting Floyd Mayweather
- 9. It’s the McGregor division
- 10. Period pain
- 11. On hearing he would be fighting Mendes instead of Aldo
- 12. On his supporters after beating Chad Mendes
- 13. On the weight cut
- 14. On Aldo’s fear
- 15. McGregor’s social media post about referee John McCarthy after Aldo win
- 16. Precision beats power and timing beats speed (after beating Aldo)
- 17. On Irish fans
UFC star Conor McGregor doesn’t mince his words.
The featherweight champion sparked a social media frenzy earlier today with a cryptic tweet claiming he’s set to retire .
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The 27-year-old wrote: “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.”
The Irishman’s Twitter post sent fans into meltdown – but it’s not the first time he’s caught people’s attention.
McGregor’s gift of the gab has wound up opponents, made people laugh and been praised by other MMA fighters.
Here’s 17 of his best quotes as compiled by the Irish Mirror .
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1. Predicting the future
“I said football stadiums. I said world titles. This is what I said and this is what is happening. It’s a beautiful thing when you have the ability to predict the future, and that is what I feel I have.”
2. On exotic animals
“I’d love a monkey, maybe a chimpanzee. Just a cool chimpanzee whipping around.. that would be unbelievable.
“I tell you what, I’ll come back next time with my brand new chimpanzee.”
3. Speaking in Rio de Janeiro
“I own this town, I own Rio de Janeiro, so for him to say that he is the king and I am the joker, if this was a different time, I would invade his favela on horseback, and would kill anyone who wasn’t fit to work, but we’re in a new time, so I’ll whoop his ass instead.”
4. Drilling a Monster energy can through Aldo’s head
“If he took a can of Monster energy from this table, and told me to come and get it, I’d drill it through his head.”
5. It will all be A-okay
“I was happy to see him, I shook his hand, I embraced him, I gave him a little cuddle and told him that it would all be A-okay.
“It will be over before you know it, just please show up December 12th. I don’t want to scare him any more, he’s petrified, he went running before. So now I’m gonna take the opposite approach, cuddle him look after him, whisper sweet nothings… tell him it’s gonna be alright and it will be over quick.
“Then hopefully get him in that octagon on December 12th and end his career.”
6. You are going to die
“Look into my eyes. Little Brazilian. Você vai morrer (meaning you are going to die).”
7. You can’t force a man to fight
“If a man is scared for his life, we can not force him to step inside and fight me.
“Doctors have cleared him to fight – it’s a bruise – but he still pulled out.
“Rightfully so, the belt should be taken from him and we will contest for the interim belt or, in my opinion, the real belt.”
8. On the possibility of fighting Floyd Mayweather
“If you’re asking would I like to fight Floyd Mayweather – I mean, who would not like to dance around the ring for $180 million?”
“I certainly know he would not want to step into my world.
“The world of pure unarmed combat where there’s no limitations, but I most certainly would step into his world.
“I would certainly box him if the opportunity arose. Most certainly.”
9. It’s the McGregor division
“It’s the McGregor division now. He bottled it, he went running. It’s on my call now.
“So if he wants to come back with his tail between his legs, that’s no problem, he can come back. We can do the stadium in Dublin. But it’s on my call now.”
10. Period pain
“He (Jose Aldo) has been medically cleared to fight.
“Doctors have looked at him, examined him.
“He went out and saw a gynecologist and it turns out, it was just a little period pain.”
11. On hearing he would be fighting Mendes instead of Aldo
“The ship was sailing smoothly. My coach came into my room at 1pm, I was sleeping, and he told me that Mendes was replacing Aldo. I opened one eye, said “it makes no difference” then went back to sleep.”
12. On his supporters after beating Chad Mendes
“I’m absolutely blown away by the support. I can’t put into words how grateful I am.
“So much went on in the build-up to this, so much media obligation, I travelled around the world twice and did two takes.
“One in case it was Jose and one in case it was Chad. So to just come in here and hear all the support yesterday and today… I’m shaking with it.”
13. On the weight cut
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“The weight cut is tough but I can go all f**king day. I knew if he gets me down, I’ll talk to him, this is nothing.
“Nobody can take that left hand shot, everyone breaks and he broke.”
14. On Aldo’s fear
“Fear has got a stench, and he’s reeking of it.”
15. McGregor’s social media post about referee John McCarthy after Aldo win
“Most will see 1 unconscious man here.
“I see a clean get up about to happen in a fight against multiple attackers.
“Hips away, strong frame with the left hand, right hand post on the mat with bottom leg free for a clean get up.
“If Big John was a second attacker, he is in trouble. I am a split second away from being back to my feet here.
“With his outstretched, forward reaching pressure, and his torso separated from his hips, he is ending up face down after the get up.
“Two or three quick cracks to his temple and I make my escape clean.
“Two attackers immobilized.
“What’s up Las Vegas.”
16. Precision beats power and timing beats speed (after beating Aldo)
“Nobody can take that left hand shot. He’s powerful and he’s fast, but precision beats power and timing beats speed.
“I feel for Jose, he’s a phenomenal champion. He was a phenomenal champion. He deserved to go a little bit longer but at the end of the day, precision beats power and timing beats speed.”
17. On Irish fans
“We are making this sport what it is today. The whole world is looking at our country, the eyes are on the Irish. I’m proud of that and very, very grateful.
“I’m extremely proud of my nation and grateful for all the people who have came over.
“The fans all weekend have been amazing. We are good people, we are no trouble, we just wanna have a good time.”
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