He’s breathed life into a weight class that has needed it for a while, but the UFC 189 World Championship Tour is gradually driving Conor McGregor insane. Maybe it’s the extensive travel. Maybe it’s the nonstop schedule. Maybe it has something to do with having to spend so much time around future foe Jose Aldo and come up with fresh material when he’s asked by reporters the same questions over and over again at each subsequent stop on the tour.
But homeboy is losing it.
Here’s a breakdown of his McGregor quotes, categorized by when and where they were said. As you can see, the effects of mania are slowly creeping in and making some of what the Irishman says nonsensical.
My comments are in italics.
Rio de Janeiro, March 20
“I own this town.”
Um, okay. A dude from Ireland is the owner of a city in South America. That’s believable.
“As far as I am concerned, he is a coaster. He has not finished anybody. He only has one legit finish. When I hit, they fall. When he hits, they don’t. He has 25 minutes to hide that chin from me.”
Las Vegas, March 23
“Fear has a strong stench and he is reeking of it. I simply see fear.”
Okay, now we’re getting a little crazy. Claiming to be able to see a smell is a bit out there.
“Let him study because I will enter the contest formless and fearless. His study will be useless.”
The notion of body transmorphing – of being formless – is indicative of views of self that aren’t grounded in reality.
“Last night we shut down the Vegas Strip. It’s absolutely madness. I like to take it in and be grateful for it and enjoy the ride.”
Did you actually shut down the Vegas Strip, Conor?
“When you sign up to fight me, it’s a whole different ballgame. It just swarms people. They start shrinking in their seat. Their eyes start watering. Their bottom lip starts quivering. They are fighting McGregor now; I feel them crumble every time.”
Tells us more about the effects you have on other people.
Los Angeles, March 24
“I have no problem having Aldo on this tour with me. I just pet him on his head and sit him on my lap.”
So is Aldo a dog in your eyes? Or a child?
“Not only has (Aldo) already broken on this tour, he broke at home, in Rio de Janeiro. He broke nice and early.”
Classic displacement, which is a psychological defense mechanism.
Boston, March 25
“Aldo should apologize to the Brazilian community in the United States instead of thanking them for the support.”
This is fine.
“What I really want to do is turn his favela into a Reebok sweatshop. They work well over here.”
And now the horse has left the barn…
Today McGregor and Aldo will be stopping in New York City for more media lovin’. I shall be there, and will report back on the wacky stuff that comes out of McGregor’s mouth.