Despite the series of interesting questions directed towards him during a question-and-answer event in Brazil, UFC featherweight contender Conor McGregor would see no issue challenging Jose Aldo in the country.
McGregor, who is set to face Dennis Siver in January at UFC Fight Night from Boston, talked about such a fight during a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight.”
“I have no problem whatsoever fighting him in Brazil,” he said. “When I did the Q&A in Brazil, they were screaming at me. I love that. Passion is a beautiful thing and the Brazilian people are passionate people. I’m prepared where ever and whenever, just give me the date and the weight and I’ll show up.”
That passion has helped give McGregor a strong fan base in a short amount of time with the promotion. He is viewed as a cult hero in his native home of Ireland, where he previously held gold with the Cage Warriors promotion.
Following a first round stoppage victory over Dustin Poirier, McGregor was flown to Brazil to help promotion the recent UFC card. Some thought he might be pushed into a title fight, but instead, he’ll meet Siver.
“He’s a veteran. I think he’s a short, compact fighter,” McGregor said. “I believe his reaction time has remained the same over his career. I’ll look to capitalize on it. I will prepare, I will show up and I’ll get the job done.”
And while that title fight isn’t yet signed, “Notorious” isn’t too concerned. He knows that eventually his day will come.
“I don’t really pay attention to that. When they call, I show up. If a fight presents itself, I make a case for it,” he said. “I could wait for the title shot, but I knew there would be a wait, so I requested another fight. Competing is what I love to do and money is what I love to get.”