Did Conor McGregor Go Too Far In His Trash Talk Of Rafael Dos Anjos?

Last week the UFC announced a surprising spring supercard for March 5: UFC 197 would feature featherweight champ Conor McGregor facing lightweight champ Rafael Dos Anjos, and Miesha Tate facing women’s bantamweight champ and Rousey-killer Holly Holm. With the card coming up right around the corner, the UFC has already started putting together pressers with the first one happening earlier today. And as usual, Conor McGregor stole the show.

“I came into this promotion as a two weight world champion and I have always wanted to replicate that,” Conor said when asked why he decided to move up and face Dos Anjos. “That was the goal: create history and continue to create history. And this man across from me has a title. He has nothing else but that. He is a free TV fighter, he has nothing else to offer me except that gold belt.”

As for how he thought the fight would end, McGregor didn’t mince words. “It’ll be another KO. I swear, I’d love to beat the ugly out of him and drag him out into the third round. But I feel like I will dust Rafael inside one minute. He’s a slower, sloppier version of Aldo. He’s like a bum version of Aldo.”

McGregor also continued to accuse Dos Anjos of being a ‘gringo’ and abandoning his home country of Brazil to move to America. When the fight was first announced he declared he was “dedicating this demolition job to the loyal people of Brazil and all the fans around the globe who stay true to their roots and loyal to their land.”

“I wanna send you back to our Brazilian media partners at Globo and have you answer to the Brazilian people why we have to book you a hotel in your own home country, why your kids names are Bob and Donald,” McGregor continued at the press conference. “Why are you raising American children? Why don’t you trust in your own people?”

“On March 5th I will behead Rafael Dos Anjos, I will drag his head through the streets of Rio de Janeiro through a parade of people. I imagine it will also become a national holiday. Just a sign of recognizing who’s true and who’s not.”

He also responded to a question about past comments about Jesus that some took offense to, saying “Me and Jesus are cool. I’m cool with all the gods. Gods recognize gods.”

He rounded things out by announcing the lightweight belt wasn’t the end of his multi-division ambitions. “I like the sound of that 170 title as well, I gotta be honest with you,” he declared. “I feel like I can take down them three gold belts. And I feel like I can do it before the year ends.”

As always, Conor McGregor talks a mean talk. He may not be able to walk it against a tough opponent like Rafael Dos Anjos, but he certainly didn’t show any fear during their staredown: