After defeating Jose Aldo in 13 seconds for the UFC Featherweight Title, Conor McGregor has discovered his next trash-talking victim. Choosing to move up to the Lightweight Division, McGregor is set to take on title-holder Rafael dos Anjos on March 5 at UFC 197.
And just like McGregor’s attitude toward Aldo, the Irishman appears to be far from impressed with his upcoming opponent.
McGregor has frequently referred to dos Anjos as a “traitor” and “The American Gringo” for moving his training from his native Brazil to the United States. The outspoken McGregor predicted he would “dust him in under 1 minute” and that Brazil would throw a parade to celebrate.
While a parade after the fight seems unlikely, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore what McGregor has to say. Having backed up every one of his declarations since joining the UFC in 2013, McGregor is trying to become the first fighter ever to hold two belts in two different weight classes.
However, it appears that even two belts isn’t enough to keep him satisfied. McGregor said, “I will fight in many weight divisions. As it grows and as all of this forms, I like the sound of that [welterweight] title as well. I feel I can take down three gold belts and I feel I can do it by year’s end.”
As the biggest money-making figure in the sport, on March 5, there’s only one person who will be cheering harder for McGregor than his family and all of Ireland – UFC President Dana White.