There's not long to go before UFC specialist Conor McGregor converges on Las Vegas for his featherweight rematch with Jose Aldo.
But three months on from the original date for the fight, 'The Notorious' predicts the current UFC champion will withdraw from the title fight again in December.
Speaking at the Reebok Takeover Q&A yesterday, McGregor told the Irish Independent:
I’m not a million pc he’ll show up. If he shows up, he’ll be too emotional and, even if I half feint, he’ll overreact and drain all his energy. He’ll overload on a shot, I’ll slip and big him with a left hand and put him away
Meanwhile, Aldo has countered McGregor's sentiments with his own vision for destruction at the rematch.
You can be sure I will hurt him like I have never done to anyone before. I'm sure he will leave the fight all busted up and I will leave with another victory
McGregor has enjoyed a succession of wins in his UFC career with his last defeat dating back to 2010 when Joseph Duffy subdued him with an arm triangle choke. The Crumlin man heads into this fight having already brushed aside Aldo's replacement Ched Mendes at UFC 189 by TKO in the second round.
Aldo did not take part due to a rib injury which McGregor speculates was exaggerated to secure him an exemption.