Recently Faber appeared on “The Fighter and the Kid” podcast, and he was asked about McGregor, who, love or hate him, has taken the sport by storm. Faber credited McGregor for being “very talented”, but also had this to say about the brash fighter (quote via FOX Sports.com):
“I wouldn’t mind fighting Conor. I’ll tell you what — he’s got something that a lot of guys don’t have. Something a guy like me doesn’t have, a guy like Chad Mendes doesn’t have, a guy like Frankie Edgar doesn’t have, and that’s the instincts and willingness to give up when he’s about to get knee barred. I wouldn’t give up. Come on … His knee was in danger of having some pain inflicted on it and he was like, ‘I’m out.'”
“If his body is in danger, he gives up,” Faber said.
Faber is talking about McGregor’s 2008 submission loss to Artemij Sitenkov, who won the bout via a first round, knee bar. A few fights later, McGregor was also tapped out by Joseph Duffy, who is currently with the UFC as well.
Now, McGregor fans would likely point out, that since the defeats, the fighter has won 13 straights fights. McGregor also battled through a serious knee injury when he fought Max Holloway, and won the bout via UD.
All this aside, there’s no doubt a lot of people would like to see Faber-McGregor. Of course, first things first, and that’s Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo.
Faber will fight Edgar on May 16th, and McGregor will battle Aldo on July 11th. If both men win their respective bouts, you never know, a fight between the two could happen.