Not only has McGregor called out Sanchez since he arrived in the UFC, he hasn’t exactly been kind, while talking about the rugged vet. As a result, Sanchez has made it abundantly clear that he wants to fight the Irishman.
Sanchez appeared on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour”, and not surprisingly, the TUF vet had more than a few things to say about McGregor. Here is some of what Sanchez had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“Come fight me, dude. Yeah, you’re real relaxed. Yeah, you’ve got good conditioning because you’re real relaxed and you know how to relax in there like no other. Well you know what, let’s see if you can relax while fighting me. You’re not going to be able to relax like you do with other guys. I’ll take your shots and I’ll keep coming forward, I’ll keep putting pressure on you. That’s the style, it’s a style match-up.
“He don’t know it. He don’t know it because he’s so young and he’s so cocky. The longer that he goes, yeah, the better that he gets. But in my opinion, he’s at his most dangerous right now. The longer that it goes, I think Conor McGregor is going to be Conor McGregor’s worst enemy. He’s going to be the one who’s his own downfall, and that’s because of his lack of respect.”
Of course, all this talk makes for an interesting storyline, but as I noted above, the chances of this fight materializing are slim. If McGregor gets by Dennis Siver on January 18th, he’ll be off to fight Jose Aldo.
Even if Siver pulls of the upset, one would think the UFC will look to book McGregor up against another featherweight contender, rather than have him move to lightweight.
It should be noted, however, that Sanchez also relayed that he’s considered moving to 145 just to get a crack at “Notorious.” So, if McGregor’s title run gets set back considerably, then you just never know.
Sanchez was scheduled to fight Joe Lauzon at UFC 180 next month, but both men were forced to withdraw from the bout due to injuries.