Dennis Bermudez isn’t afraid to get inside the Octagon and mix it up with Conor McGregor

For now, though, “The Menace” is focused in on earning his eighth straight win when he meets Ricardo Lamas at UFC 180. Recently, Bermudez (14-3) appeared on Submission Radio to discuss the notion that McGregor has vaulted ahead of the pack and into the role of No. 1 contender at featherweight.

“I mean it’s (expletive), but I mean I’m just trying to stick with what I’m good at,” he said. “And right know it’s focusing on the guy in front of me and just worrying about this one win. If I keep winning, the belt is gonna land right across my lap. And I’ve been going about this (being polite) technique and it’s not really working for me, and I’m still over here fighting on co-main events and stuff like that, but I mean it will come.

“But I’m working on getting a little bit more vocal.”

Bermudez is coming off back-to-back finishes this year vs. Clay Guida and Jimy Hettes. Since a 2011 loss in his Octagon debut in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 14 to Diego Brandao, he is unbeaten, adding wins over Pablo Garza, Tommy Hayden, Matt Grice, Max Holloway and Steven Siler to his resume.

With that background and record in place, Bermudez knows his patience will pay off. And if it doesn’t, he’s willing to take out “Notorious” to get what he wants.

“(A win over Lamas) put’s me up there with Jon Jones and Chris Weidman and the highest win streaks in the UFC and both of those guys are champions,” he said. “I’ll be a champion with those guys. (And if McGregor gets in his way) I’ll beat him up and then I’ll get my title shot.”