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Morning Report: Ready to step in, Conor McGregor 'feels a weakness' coming from Jose Aldo's camp

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC featherweight Conor McGregor has a Pay-Per-View date with Dustin Poirier this Saturday at UFC 178, but he's happy to talk about who he plans on fighting next.

Speaking with media members in Las Vegas, McGregor was asked if he felt up to stepping in for either featherweight champion Jose Aldo or Chad Mendes if he were called upon.

"100 percent," said McGregor. "You're damn right I'd be ready. I stay ready. It's my logo."

Aldo was originally set to defend his title in a rematch with Mendes Aug. 2 at UFC 176, but the bout was pushed to Oct. 25, 2014 at UFC 179 after he suffered a neck injury.

"I'm actually flying out to Brazil," McGregor continued. "Not only will I fly out, I'll jump into the Octagon if need be. Who knows? I might stick a few banana peels around the weigh-in area and hope someone falls."

When it came to picking a winner between the two, McGregor seemed to read more into the recent troubles surrounding Aldo's training camp at Nova União.

"I'll honestly whoop both of them," McGregor said. "There's a lot of factors in it. I like the mental side of combat sport. I like the mental side of anything, really. You can look at it many ways.

"We have the win over [Renan] Barao with T.J. Dillashaw. That changes a shift in things. Then you've got the fact that Barao missed weight and all so there's definitely problems in the camp.

"They've been complaining about money, etc. Then there's been injuries back and forth. I feel a weakness in the mind frame of these people."

Balancing the scales a bit, McGregor considered how one-sided the first go-round was back in 2012 at UFC 142 in Brazil.

"Then you've also got to look at the fact of the first contest. Chad was embarrassed in the first contest. Every single shot he took was stuffed and he got eaten alive on the feet and then he got knocked out in the first round. It's going to be an interesting one, but ultimately, I don't give a s**t. I'm going to whoop both of them."

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