Morning Report: Conor McGregor unimpressed with 'basic' Jose Aldo, would pass on retiring Diego Sanchez

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

On the mend from a torn ACL, UFC featherweight Conor McGregor is making sure he's gone, but not forgotten. Speaking with Irish independent radio station News Talk, McGregor isn't keeping his slings limited to his own division. In addition to lambasting UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and other notable contenders, McGregor made time for one of his favorite targets.

"I would love that [Diego Sanchez] fight, but he's been getting his ass whooped in the past couple fights. I don't want to end his career. He's already slowing. Like he said, he's been with the promotion for nine years. He's been there since Ultimate Fighter 1. He's the original Ultimate Fighter. The guy can barely string a sentence together. It's time to call it a day.

"This is a dangerous game. You don't want to hang around this game too long. I'm going to get in, whoop everyone, take the belts and go home with all the money."

As for Aldo, McGregor reaffirms his thoughts on the champ, disagreeing with others who peg the 145 pound king as one of MMA's best.

"I don't think so. I think he's basic. His movements are limited. He doesn't do any crazy movements. There's nothing that jumps off the page when I look at him. I thought that straight away. A lot of guys think he's this and think he's that. I certainly don't. That fight will happen and when that fight does happen everyone's going to see. I'm going to prove what I'm saying."

McGregor is none too impressed with deposed No. 1 contender Ricado Lamas following his unsuccessful title bout with Aldo at UFC 169. Last summer the Irishman trivialized Lamas all together, saying no one cared about him.

"Well, it's true," McGregor insists. "Nobody does care. When he got the fight against Aldo he fought like he was happy he got the chance. He didn't fight to win. He fought to compete. He fought for the chance. I'm not fighting for the chance. I'm not trying to just get up there so I can say I fought for the belt. I'm taking it. That's my mind frame.

"You can tell by a guy by the way he speaks and what way he approaches the fight. What way he's thinking. He fought just for the chance. He didn't fight to win. He fought to see the bell. The same way I thought [Max] Holloway fought. He didn't fight to win. He fought to make it three rounds."

Rounding out the division, McGregor even touched lightly on Dustin Poirier and Cub Swanson.

"[Poirer] has an unusually small head. These are all facts. He's got a big frame with a little, small peahead. Cub Swanson is a little wrinkly mother f***er. He looks old and s**t. I'm just stating facts."

Although not confirmed, McGregor is likely to return to action at the UFC's Jul. 19 event in Dublin, Ireland.

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Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Tyler212.

WSOF 9: Carl vs Palhares breakdown

This Saturday Rousimar Palhares will be challenging Steve Carl for the WSOF Welterweight title! This fight has flow under the radar, but I think this has the makings of a pretty exciting fight. Palhares was recently cut from the UFC after defeating Mike Piere via heel hook, but refusing to let go......yet again. Steve Carl defeated Josh Burkman via triangle choke to obtain the welterweight strap. Well it's the time you've all been waiting for!

Breakdown:

Steve Carl- Steve Carl has been on fire lately, winning 7 straight fights including 3 in a row in the WSOF. He has been a submission machine since he started his career, racking up 16 submission wins. Despite all of his submission prowess, I still do not think he should go to the ground with Palhares. Steve Carl is an aggressive fighter who likes to throw strikes and go for the takedown. He needs to hurt Palhares on the feet first before attempting to take it to the ground. He also must avoid Palhares's guard, from there he can be caught in one of Palhares's nasty leg locks. He also needs to be aware that Palhares will will to jump to a leg lock from any position. The keys to victory for Carl will to keep it standing and, If it does go to the ground, remain on top and in a dominant position.

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