Despite a busy fight camp schedule, UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor found the time to enjoy a cinematic classic.
“You watch Rocky III, at the start of it, he has like a mansion and like seven cars, he has this robot that brings him coffee and stuff,” McGregor said on a UFC 194 conference call Wednesday. “He’s doing all these ads and talk shows and getting sloppy and lazy. Meanwhile, Clubber Lang is in a dark alleyway, sprinting and throwing shots, visualizing.”
Ever the showman, McGregor said he smiled as he saw a bit of himself in the film’s plot.
“I’m like Rocky III in that I have the big houses, I have the cars, I have the robots bringing me coffee every morning.
“I’m training like Clubber, but living like Rocky.”
McGregor’s Rocky-esque stardom and lifestyle continue to grow ahead of his featherweight championship fight against the only 145-pound champ in UFC history, Jose Aldo, at UFC 194 on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas.
Originally slated to face Aldo for the title at UFC 189 in July, McGregor instead fought Chad Mendes for the interim belt after Aldo pulled out with a rib injury 11 days ahead of fight night.
Despite living like Rocky, things have not been as hectic for McGregor leading up to this fight. Unlike UFC 189, there was no world media tour bogging him down, and a Dublin-based training camp with “fresh air” has kept him comfortable.
“The last camp, I was in Las Vegas preparing. I brought a select group of people that came up with me to train with,” McGregor said. “This camp, I could free myself again, I could free my body, I could train with many bodies. So I went home to my beautiful home country and reaped the benefits of great, great training, so I am more than prepared for this.”
Aldo feels he’s just as prepared. It’s been 10 years since the UFC’s current No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter’s lone professional loss, well before his reign as WEC and UFC champion, and he doesn’t believe this fight will end any differently.
“You’re going to see me go in there and get the win,” Aldo said through a translator. “I don’t care how I win; I care about winning. The only difference is that I always beat Americans and this time I’m going to beat an Irishman.”
Aldo says he is “100 percent” with 10 days until fight night and that we won’t have a repeat of July’s events.
“Since that last fight, since I got back in it, I’ve healed up,” Aldo said. “I want this fight to happen, this is when it’s going to happen so I’m 100 percent right now.”
While Aldo is confident and healthy, McGregor doesn’t see anybody stopping his momentum.
“I’m an animal, I’m a beast. Nothing can break me,” McGregor boasted.
“Nothing can stop this train from taking over this game.”