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Morning Report: Conor McGregor talks haters, 'destroying' Jose Aldo and being the 'pound for pound best fighter on the planet'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

"I am humble to those who know me. I am arrogant to those who doubt me. And I am ruthless to those who fight me."

Speaking in more of a manifesto than a column for the sports section of Ireland's Independent, UFC featherweight contender Conor McGregor touches on a bit of everything.

[Below are excerpts. Make sure to read his full piece here.]

Always finding a way to circle back to his critics, McGregor spends quite a bit of time addressing his legion of 'haters.'

"The haters surface," said McGegor. "I simply choose to leave the bitterness behind. As I said before I will wipe away the tears with my money.

"They pay their hard-earned money in the hope to one day seeing me face down in a pool of my own blood. I remain victorious, cash their hard-earned money and wipe my ass with it. Thank you for the purchase. Maybe next time it might happen. But next time the price is doubled."

McGregor goes on to detail his rise among the UFC's ranks and how he came to be challenging featherweight champion Jose Aldo Jul. 11 at UFC 189 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"Each fight I hear that my biggest test has arrived, that this is the day I'm going to get found out. Each time I win, I pulverise my opponent. It will be the same on July 11. Blank face, new body. I know who I am.

"At 26 years of age I hold every record in my game. Highest gates. Highest viewing figures. And on July 11th, highest PPV numbers in the UFC. At 26 years of age, I own my game. I hold the record for the biggest Vegas gate in the UFC, a bigger gate than Floyd Mayweather drew for his comeback fight against Juan Manuel Marquez in 2009."

Finally, McGregor lays out his vision of the future.

"On July 11, Jose Aldo will crumble under the energy. I will taste gold once again. The doubters will find a new excuse. They will pay double next time. The fans who are with me will rejoice. They will celebrate the good life with me so clearly that they reap all the rewards with me.

"I can do things that nobody has ever done before. I am different. I am pound for pound the best fighter on the planet. And I will prove it in two months' time when I become champion of the world for the third time. This story is only just beginning. And it is going to run and run."

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