Conor McGregor on fighting with UFC’s Luke Rockhold: ‘I don’t think I’m going to win by default’
The UFC’s featherweight champion Conor McGregor believes he’s not going to lose to Luke Rockham.
The former lightweight champion was the subject of a media scrum when he appeared on The Sean O’Rourke Show in New York City on Wednesday, but was unapologetic when he said that he didn’t expect Rockhold to win his bout with UFC champion Luke Rockingham in New Orleans.
“I think that the first fight was a bit of a disaster.
I didn’t think Luke was going to be able to take me down, so I was very disappointed,” McGregor said.”
The rematch was a very different fight.
It was a great fight for me, it was a good fight for Luke.
It’s not a rematch, I’m not going there.
I think it’s a rematch.
The main difference is the size of the cage.”
It wasn’t the first time that McGregor had expressed doubts about Rockham’s ability to take him down.
In December last year McGregor said he expected Rockham to win the first round of their fight, and when the former lightweight title challenger beat Rockhold at UFC Fight Night 37 in September 2015, McGregor made it clear that he believed the Irishman could have won the fight.
“He was a little bit more technical than me, he was a better striker than me.
I wasn’t as athletic as him, but I think he was the bigger man.
It wasn’t a decision that he won easily, but he could have done it,” McGregor explained.”
So I don’t see that happening, he’s the bigger fighter, I think.
But if I’m fighting in the same division and he’s a big guy, then I’d definitely take that fight.
But I think Luke Rockhas got the best boxing and grappling in the division.””
He’s a great fighter, he could fight any of the big guys, I’ve been there.
But I think Luke Rockhas got the best boxing and grappling in the division.”
McGregor was quick to respond to Rockham, with the Dubliner stating that he’s an excellent boxer, and said he was confident that he could put the fight away.
You’ve got to respect what he’s doing.
I mean he’s got a fantastic chin.
He’s a very strong boxer, he can go toe to toe with anyone,” McGregor stated.
“I think he’s really good at it.
It will be a good match up.
But I don ‘t know, it’s really difficult, he might get tired and just let me go.”