“I can make you rich,” McGregor said. “I change your bum life. You fight me, it’s a celebration. When you sign to fight me, it’s a celebration. You ring back home, you ring your wife. ‘Baby, we’ve done it. We’re rich, baby. Conor McGregor made us rich. Break out the red panties. We’re rich, baby.’ So don’t say you wouldn’t take that fight, because you would take that fight like everyone else up here would take the fight against me if it was offered, regardless of belts or any of that sh*t. I’m the money fight and the male sh*t at all weight divisions. So f*ck everybody else up here.”
While both UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and his next title challenger, Donald Cerrone, both took turns talking back to McGregor, it was Cerrone who seemed more upset about McGregor’s comments than Rafael dos Anjos.
“Conor has no right coming up to ,” Cerrone said. “There’s no way. He’s not gonna stand a chance. We’re too big for him, we’re too strong. So you can take your little English ass and get on.”
As you would expect, McGregor wasn’t impressed by Cerrone’s comments, and as always, was quick to fire back.
“I see stiffness when I look in that 155-pound division,” McGregor said. “Slow, stiff. I feel like they’re stuck in the mud almost. The featherweights, they hit like flyweights. So it’s nice down there just destroying them and killing that whole division. But I have my eye on that 155 division and I see them all stuck in the mud in there.”
Meanwhile, “Cowboy” Cerrone still seemed bothered, and like most proud athletes, couldn’t hold in his disdain.
“You have a monster here at 45, Aldo, about to beat your ass,” Cerrone said. “You’ve beat nobody and you think you’re gonna come up to 155 and make a statement? C’mon man. Sit the f*ck down.
“He’s real good talking out front in the public, but when we were all standing in the back over there he had nothing to say. I stood back there for 30 minutes right next to him and he had nothing to say.”
Needless to say, thanks to Conor McGregor alone, the UFC “Go Big” launch event was not only a success on Friday, but was also one of the most memorable press events in UFC history.
Embedded at the top of this page is a complete video archive of the lengthy, albeit entertaining UFC “Go Big” event.