Conor McGregor incredibly snatched the UFC featherweight belt off Jose Aldo in front of a partisan Dublin crowd at a press conference to promote their Las Vegas title bout in July.
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It was the final stop in their eight city, world tour with the McGregor riling up the home crowd into frenzy ahead of their projected $7 million fight at the MGM Grand.
Aldo taunted the Irish crowd through an interpreter, saying: “It may be rainy but I’ve brought the sun with me.”
To which McGregor responded: “Him? You’re looking at the king of Dublin,” before making a grab for the belt.
The two fighters then attempted to face-up to each other before UFC president Dana White, wearing an Ireland football strip for the occasion, had to stand between them to prevent a fight 14 weeks before billed.
It’s a formidable task for McGregor in July with Aldo going unbeaten for 10 years and having made eight successive defences of his featherweight title.
But McGregor seemed unperturbed and, according to the Daily Mail, said: “I will hit him, I’m not trying to sell nothing, I’m trying to kill him. It’s not a joke, it’s not an act.
“I want it, he doesn’t. He doesn’t want to hold onto that belt, it’s a mental sign, I’ve learned he does not want me near him.
“He’s never seen anyone like me. Now I’m here, now he’s keeping quiet.
“He’s banged up badly after every fight. There’s only so much the brain can take when you meet someone like me. He has been through the wars; I don’t have a scratch.”