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'I'm prepared to die in there and I'm prepared to kill in there', says Conor McGregor

The Notorious gave an in-depth interview to Beyond The Octagon.

Image: John Locher/AP/Press Association Images

CONOR MCGREGOR IS ‘prepared to die and prepared to kill’ as he gears up for the mouth-watering prospect of facing Jose Aldo at UFC 194.

In a wide-ranging interview for BT Sport’s Beyond the Octagon, The Notorious spoke on a variety of different topics but his pending assignment with the Brazilian dominated the chat.

Speaking to Gareth A.Davies, the Dubliner discussed the calmness he feels as he approaches the cage before a fight.

“When you make it to the Octagon, I’m free. I feel like I’ve been shackled in chains and then I feel free. I am prepared to die in there and I’m prepared to kill in there. You have to almost be insane to your craft.”

UFC 189 Mixed Martial Arts McGregor in action against Chad Mendes at UFC 189. Source: John Locher/AP/Press Association Images

McGregor also revealed that the level of adulation and support he initially received in Ireland was overwhelming.

For a period of time, it was messing me up. It was an event to go somewhere. Now I don’t give a shit. Not everyone is happy to seen another man succeed but I feel free to go anywhere with no hesitation. Most people are just fans.

The other day we were in Nandos and I turned around and there was a girl there bawling crying, like I was in One Direction or something.”

And on his December 12th showdown with Aldo, McGregor stoked the flames, suggesting the Brazilian won’t turn up.

Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

“I don’t think he’ll be there. He didn’t show up last time. I can see him over-reaching, over-extending and then lying there unconscious.”

McGregor was irked when reference was made to his current status as interim featherweight champion and is determined to become the undisputed and unified belt holder.

“Reebok (Official UFC apparel manufacturers) sent a load of stuff over with ‘interim’ on it”, he told Davies.

“What the fuck is that ‘interim’ doing on my shit?”

Source: BT Sport/YouTube

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