Conor McGregor’s self-belief is off the charts as the Irishmam enters what he calls “the biggest night of my career” when he faces Jose Aldo at the MGM Grand Garden Arena here in Sin City on Saturday night.
Aldo, the UFC featherweight champion, has gone undefeated for 10 years.
“It’s the biggest night of my career, the biggest night of the company’s career and the biggest night in the game,” McGregor told me in an interview for BT Sport, which airs a documentary on the fighter’s extraordinary rise tonight.
McGregor has declared himself the biggest star in the UFC. “I don’t care what people don’t think. I don’t pay attention to it. I never did, never will. I am who I am. Sometimes I’m happy, sometimes I’m not. I don’t pretend to be anything else,” he explained.
The Irishman, undefeated in the UFC, predicts an early victory against Aldo. “If he makes that walk with me, I feel I’ll KO him within one. Every single movement I make will get an over reaction from him because he’s emotionally invested in it. The whole of Brazil is piling pressure on him. I see him over reacting, over extending and then being KO’d unconscious.”
Defeat, insists McGregor, is not an option. “I won’t process that in my brain for one second. I just cannot see it. I cannot feel it. It comes from I see, what I feel, what I know.”
“You’re going to be seeing something nice. It’s going to be draped around me, fitted perfectly. And you’ll be seeing a banged up Brazilian on the other side of that dais, or whatever you call it. It could be somebody else. But you’ll see me there with a gold belt and a custom made suit. And a smile on my face.”