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Morning Report: Conor McGregor explains charging Jose Aldo, 'I wanted to put that energy straight through his chest like a bolt of lightning'

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Crowd storms and broadswords, Conor McGregor has a lot going on.

In Phoenix, AZ sneaking in some UFC 183 promotion during Super Bowl week, the contender explained what compelled him to jump out of the Octagon and charge featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

After dispatching Dennis Siver Jan. 18 in Boston, McGregor leaped the cage to confront his next opponent before being corralled by security.

"It was just instinct," McGregor told CBS Radio's Chad Dukes. "I knew he was floating around in the crowd. During fight week I got told of these little posters he was doing. Something stupid. So when the fight was done I saw him and jumped over that cage and I wanted to put that energy straight through his chest like a bolt of lightning. That was it. I was just going off my emotions."

As for the fight itself, McGregor's prediction sounded all too familiar.

"I feel I will break him," said McGregor. "I feel in the first exchange that he'll turn into a grappler pretty quick. He's made a career out of beating small wrestlers his whole life. I'm not a small wrestler. I'm going to tower over him. I'm going to enter that cage and I'm going to come at him open palm, something he's never seen before. I feel I will break him down the same way I break them all down.

"They have it convinced it's all talk. It's a joke. When it's in there it's no joke anymore. The blood rushes out of their face and jumps out of their body. They go white. I can see their eyes turn to glass. That's what will happen to Jose."

And while everyone enjoys a good out of context broadsword picture, the story behind the recent tweet is pretty great.

"I woke up one day and a woman from the hotel in Boston came up with a giant sword, literally," said McGregor. "It had a McGregor crest. Anyway, I wakes up one morning, knock on the door and it's a woman from the hotel with a big sword. Someone had dropped it with a letter. It was from a fellow McGregor saying, 'You inspire me and this is for you.' It was a claymore sword. It was basically the sword they fought with in the Scottish highlands back in the day when they were swinging that thing on a horse. I tell you what, it is a heavy sword. It's the real deal."

McGregor is expected to face Aldo sometime later this summer in Las Vegas, Nevada.



'I'm not trying to rush anything for anybody.' Nick Diaz apologizes to the fans for missing his open workout and, in his own way, explains his absence. 'When we got to the airport I was like, I think I'd just rather sleep in my own bed tonight.'

'We'll see.' Dana White responds to Anderson Silva's claim that he's several fights away from title shot.

Predictions. Luke Thomas makes his picks for UFC 183.

Minotauro. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira talks about his emotions seeing his long-time friend Anderson Silva back, whether he thought he would ever fight again, his prediction for Silva vs. Diaz, and his own fighting future.

'Nick's not in on the joke.' Training partner Joe Schilling isn't impressed with how the Diaz brothers have been promoted and portrayed by the UFC. 'Really, Nick and Nate are like the most genuine, honest people you'll ever meet in your life.'




UFC 183 Embedded episode 3.


Staredowns from UFC 183 media day.


Anderson Silva's Spider Life episode 7.


Nick Diaz' media day scrum.


Mike Tyson chats with GLORY heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven.


Free Fight: Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis.


Long watches.

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Announced yesterday (Jan. 29 2015)

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Clay Guida vs. Robbie Peralta at UFC Fight Night: Lamas vs. Mendes

Justin Jones vs. Ron Stallings at UFC Fight Night: Lamas vs. Mendes

Nick Catone vs. Vitor Miranda at UFC on FOX 15

Josh Copeland vs. Jared Rosholt at UFC 185

Andre Fili vs. Godofredo Pepey at UFC Fight Night: Faber vs. Assuncao

Shayna Baszler vs. Amanda Nunes at UFC Fight Night: Faber vs. Assuncao


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