Conor McGregor's confidence hasn't seemed to waver as we push deeper into fight week.
Speaking with Colin Cowherd Tuesday, McGregor sounded more concerned about getting a second breakfast than his five-round bout with Nate Diaz this Saturday at UFC 196.
"You know, for me [the Octagon] is where I'm almost the least nervous," McGregor said on pre-fight jitters. "There are other things that might make me nervous. Things like doing the Conan O'Brien Show. I might get a little more nervous for these unusual things than I would walking out to the Octagon. Walking out to Octagon and stepping into a cage is something I literally do every single day of my life. I step foot inside an Octagon and train and compete.
"It's just another day for me. I'm unshackling chains off me when I make that walk. It's freedom for me in there. I get to go in. I have nobody telling me what I can do or how I can do it. I'm free to paint the picture how I want. That's it. I enter, I come out the gate fast and I spin and I set the tone for the unorthodox and then set my opponent up for a KO blow and then I execute it. It's simply another day for me."
The buildup between McGregor and Diaz hasn't been long, but it's been explosive. If the Irishman reigns as the sport's top trash talker, Diaz and his brother Nick aren't far behind.
McGregor says he's counting on Diaz talking to him in the cage, but that ultimately it's all about business.
"I don't really hate Nate," said McGregor. "I have no hate for any man that is on the same journey as me. We're all chasing the same dream here so I can't hate the man with the same dream as me. For me, it's business. There is no emotion there. I go in and I decipher his movements, I decipher his reactions and I make a trap for him and I walk him into the trap. Whether situations in the fight are being verbalized, this is just another day inside the Octagon.
"They talk while they do their work but Nate is no different and I am no different. I'm sure there will be talking but it is business. There is no hate. There is cold."
McGregor faces Diaz March 5 in the main event at UFC 196 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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UFC 196 Countdown.
UFC 196 embedded episode 2.
Dan Hardy breaks down Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz.
Joe Lauzon vlogged his Monday at the gym.
Chael Sonnen talks Conor, Ronda, and The Apprentice.
Jon Jones really didn't appreciate Daniel Cormier's jokes.
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Responding to Jones.
Jon, just focus on your fight with DC, I'm here, waiting for you. You want to get rid of the doubts you say? I say I just want that belt that that you owe me from our last fight!Posted by Alexander Gustafsson on Tuesday, March 1, 2016
www.JonnyBones.comPosted by Jon "Bones" Jones on Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Thanks to all the fans who took time to send me something to retaliate with. It's so easy that I... https://t.co/FEEaC8JDg4— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) March 2, 2016
(and then deleted it)
"This is a sport , right? People wanted me to have murdered my opponent. This is a sport, is not it? So why do people expected me to kill my opponent ?!"
Diaz vs Mcgregor this Saturday!! #ninjashit pic.twitter.com/Euyjq5kaJ0— Dana White (@danawhite) March 1, 2016
On the move.
I've officially been released. It's been a pleasure and privilege to fight for the UFC. I am now currently looking for a fight elsewhere.— Daron Cruickshank (@Cruickshank155) March 1, 2016
Old man Sage.
HAPPY 20th BIRTHDAY TO MY AWESOME BROTHER @sagenorthcutt ! I love you and am so proud of you! pic.twitter.com/0YYqA6nuPK— Colbey Northcutt (@colbeynorthcutt) March 1, 2016
The ref seemed concerned ... about Browne.
6 days after Travis & I fought where I was fouled 2x with Travis having no repercussions via ref, he asks THIS? Wow. pic.twitter.com/CxyfwVcg4Q— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) March 1, 2016
Just Conor laughing like a maniac.
$hit @TheNotoriousMMA Says: A Good Laugh#UFC196https://t.co/091ZBjAKIx— UFC (@ufc) March 2, 2016
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Jay Dann.
UFC London: Bisping vs. Silva - Opportunity Missed? Jay Dann takes a look at this weekend's UFC London event, and whether an opportunity was missed not having it aired on TV.
Saturday night saw the biggest MMA event the UK has hosted in a number of years. The main event, a long awaited clash between Michael Bisping and Anderson Silva, lived up to expectation in what was an enthralling contest, with Bisping victorious on home soil.
One of, if not the biggest victory in the UFC by a British fighter, but there was just one problem. The event was not shown on British television, it was shown exclusively on UFC Fight Pass, the UFC's online streaming service. Bisping was exceptional and British fans missed seeing a career defining performance from their biggest home-grown star.
For the uninitiated, the UFC has a television deal in the UK with BT Sport, but, in an odd turn of events, the two companies could not come to an agreement to air the fight card.
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