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21st Jan 2016

Conor McGregor: ‘I will parade Dos Anjos’ severed head through the streets of Rio’

Nooruddean Choudry

He certainly knows how to paint a picture.

Sitting but a few feet away from a clearly agitated and furious Rafael dos Anjos, Conor McGregor was full of all the bravado and gory imagery we’ve come to expect from a man in danger of transcending his sport.

The Irishman was in top form as he goaded Dos Anjos about his home country of Brazil, and compared him unfavourably with his compatriot (and McGregor’s UFC 194 victim) Jose Aldo.

“I swear to God, at UFC 194 I fought Jose Aldo, I KO’d the country of Brazil’s true champion…The Brazilian people love Jose Aldo. When he steps off a plane, his people greet him regardless of the result.”

“We’ve got to book [Dos Anjos] a hotel. I have got to book him a hotel in his own country. He will never receive a hero’s welcome because he ran form Brazil. This guy, in Brazilian lingo, is a gringo.”

The featherweight champion may be moving up to 155lbs to fight Dos Anjos, but there was no doubt as to who the biggest mouth belonged to, as the Notorious painted his rival a rather graphic picture of his fate.

“I believe I will dust him inside the first minute,” said McGregor. “I will drag his head through the streets of Rio de Janeiro through a parade of people. It will become a national holiday”

Jaysus. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet.