May 26, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Diego Brandao prepares to fight Darren Elkins (not pictured) during UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Diego Brandao on Conor McGregor: 'I’m going to Ireland to beat him'


When the UFC lost its main event grudge match between Conor McGregor and Cole Miller for the UFC Dublin card in July, they were quick to find a suitable replacement in TUF 14 winner Diego Brandao.

On just over a month’s notice, Brandao will step into the Octagon in hostile territory as he takes on the pride of Dublin, Ireland in Conor McGregor.

Although many pundits and fans have angled this fight as a squash match and a showcase fight for Conor McGregor, Diego Brandao is not going into the fight with that mindset (Courtesy of MMAFighting):

It’s going to be a really interesting fight. He likes to fight standing and so do I, so we’re going at it. It’s going to be a great show for the UFC fans. I’m going to Ireland to beat him. I will do my job in there. If the win comes in the first round or the last round it’s okay, what really matters is that it comes.

Brandao continued by stating that he would not get into a pre-fight trash talking match with McGregor, but evidently rescinded that notion with this comment:

Saying that he’s the best in the world is bulls–t. Obviously, he’s not. He knows that he’s not, and he has a lot to prove to be a top 10 in the UFC. Talking trash only makes me more motivated to train for the fight. While he’s talking, I’m training.

The two men will go toe-to-toe on July 19th exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

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