There was one name that came up twice during post-fight interviews on UFC Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi, the Irish featherweight, Conor McGregor was mentioned by first Jim Alers and later Clay Guida after both fighters were victorious in their respective bouts.
Jim Alers made his UFC debut, winning a unanimous decision over Alan Omer, after the fight, the former Cage Warriors featherweight champion turned his attention to another former Cage Warriors featherweight champion when asked who he wanted to fight next.
“I want one guy, Conor McGregor, I’m coming for you,” Alers said.
The two featherweights have a history in Cage Warriors, the two were originally scheduled to fight on Cage Warriors 51 in Ireland, but the fight never came to fruition.
Later on down the card, as the co-main event wrapped up and Clay Guida had his hand raised in a unanimous decision victory over Tatsuya Kawajiri. Conor McGregor’s name was brought up once again during the post-fight interview with Dan Hardy.
“UFC is protecting this leprechaun, Conor McGregor,” Guida said. Adding that McGregor is “a chest hair sandwich with a mullet.”
Guida was also asked during the post-fight press conference about his call out of McGregor, and explained further,
“He doesn’t really rub me the wrong way. I believe that he’s got all the talent but we haven’t seen him tested yet,” Guida said. “It’s good to see up and comers get a lot of publicity like him. I think the fact that he and my good friend and teammate Cub Swanson had a little beef one night at a show. And the fact that they’re keeping him at close quarters and keeping an eye on him, having him fight in his home country. But let’s see what he’s made of, give him a couple fights too, it doesn’t have to be his next fight. Let him get a little momentum and put him in there against a guy who’s got a little experience and we’ll see what he’s made of.”
When asked if Guida would prefer a 3 round fight or a 5 round fight, he said, “5 rounds is my thing, if you wanna see that guy [McGregor] cry, put him in there with me for 5 rounds.”
Conor McGregor has competed just twice in the UFC–with wins over Marcus Brimage and Max Holloway–but has garnered the attention of many featherweights in the UFC with his rapid rise in stardom within the sport. Jim Alers and Clay Guida join the long line of fighters that include the likes of Diego Sanchez, Cole Miller, that have requested a fight with the Irishman.