Interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has skyrocketed to the top of the MMA world since debuting inside the Octagon a short time ago.
Now, fresh off coaching the 22nd season of The Ultimate Fighter, “Notorious” continues to hold nothing back in interviews.
“I’m the hardest working, highest paid fighter in the game,” he said, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “What I went through for my last fight – the preparation, all the world tours and press, re-injuring myself, facing a new opponent, then winning the belt and coming through the adversity was so much. Then the idea of getting locked in a house for TUF, I thought I can’t do that. But when we sat down on day one, I sat back and said, this is a great life. This is what I do this for and this is experience of the lifetime. I embraced it and had fun.”
McGregor coached opposite Urijah Faber on the show, which debuts on FOX Sports 1 this Wednesday, but will meet Jose Aldo to unify the featherweight titles later this year.
While the Irish fighter got along fine with Faber, another member of his team – and reigning bantamweight champion – T.J. Dillashaw was referred to by McGregor as a “snake in the grass.”
“You brought him to help you, but he’s a snake in the grass,” McGregor told Faber. “I sense disloyalty. It’s not that I don’t like T.J.; he’s harmless.”
While obtaining the unified featherweight title remains priority No. 1, a weight change is already on McGregor’s mind. Before signing with the UFC, he held both the featherweight and lightweight gold for Cage Warriors. The division is currently ruled by Rafael dos Anjos, who will defend vs. Donald Cerrone this December.
“I have my eyes on killing Jose and then going up and killing the lightweight division,” he said. “If Dos Anjos or Cerrone have the opportunity to fight me, they would. It changes your life when you fight me. Neither of them bring anything to the table. When you fight me, I can change your whole life. Chad went from taking home $48,000 to half a million flat. He ain’t hitting seven (figures) like me!”