“What are you talking about? I have beaten him already. He is dead. Look at his body language. His body is weak and his mind is weaker. I can smell the lack of confidence. If the mind is not in it, the body won’t follow. He cannot beat me. He knows it. It’s why he went running last time… I can hear it in his voice, I can see it in his eyes, I know when a man is beaten, and he is beaten mentally. I still don’t think he will show. I am trying to be optimistic but I am never wrong, I always predict the outcome of my fights and I am never wrong.”
-Conor McGregor talks to British GQ about why he’s already defeated UFC Featherweight Champ Jose Aldo before stepping in the cage with him at UFC 194.
Penick’s Analysis: He still may yet prove to be right. He certainly hasn’t been proven wrong yet by anyone inside the Octagon, so it’s on the Champ to respond. That’s the thing with McGregor’s trash talk: he continues to back it up. Beating the guys he’s beaten in the ways he’s beaten them have only given him further confidence and validation, and that’s something that’s going to continue until someone steps up to forcefully stop it. That hasn’t happened yet, and until it does, he’s got no reason to doubt himself and his own instincts.