Conor McGregor is a man on a mission.
Ever since tapping out to a second round rear naked choke to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 back in March, McGregor has been obsessed with the rematch and not much else.
It's part of the reason why McGregor hasn't addressed his future after UFC 202 is over because he's solely focused on beating Diaz and can't concern himself with much else.
"I haven't really spoke about it to anyone about what's next. Who knows what's next," McGregor said when speaking on the UFC 202 media conference call.
Right now I'm 15 days away from a war and I'm ready for the war. So that's all I'm thinking of right now. So let's have this war. -- Conor McGregor
UFC president Dana White has stated that win, lose or draw, McGregor's next fight should take place in the featherweight division where he still stands as champion after knocking out Jose Aldo last December with a vicious 13-second finish.
McGregor hasn't defended the belt yet but it seemed like a perfect set up for him to face the winner of the Jose Aldo-Frankie Edgar rematch after UFC 200 was concluded.
To hear McGregor tell it, he's not ready to commit to that option just yet, but he also admits he did find joy in seeing Aldo reclaim the interim featherweight title with a win over Edgar.
Of course, McGregor also remembers the year long running nightmare to promote his first fight with Aldo, which was eventually cancelled after the Brazilian pulled out of the bout due to injury. When they finally met, McGregor needed just one punch to put Aldo to sleep, but he's not ruling out a rematch now that the former champion has the interim belt back around his waist.
"To see Aldo come back and win that fight against Frankie, I was happy for Aldo," McGregor explained. "When you see a long-time champion get knocked down like that, the way I knocked him out. I said it then, I felt sorry for him a little bit. Then on top of that Frankie's team, they were all talking (expletive), that fat coach who holds mitts, he was talking a lot. He's still talking (expletive).
"That's was why I was there (at UFC 200), I wanted to see, if this (expletive) comes through this and can do what he's saying, well then it's on. For now, Aldo's taken that belt again. I was scheduled to fight Aldo many times. We had a two-year media run, I spent so much time with that man and then he pulled out. Then we finally got into it and it took me one shot to the crown to shut his lights out."
There has been a lot of speculation that if McGregor beats Diaz in the rematch at UFC 202 it could set up a very lucrative trilogy fight between the two rivals.
McGregor knows he'll eventually meet Diaz again for a third fight, but when that bout would take place remains a mystery.
"100-percent," McGregor said about a trilogy bout with Diaz after UFC 202. "Of course. maybe not straightaway, but most certainly this will be a trilogy fight.
"Me and the boy have something and it ain't finished yet.
A win at UFC 202 could also potentially put McGregor back into position to challenge for the lightweight title, which he was supposed to fight for back at UFC 196 before then champion Rafael dos Anjos suffered an injury.
Current champion Eddie Alvarez has voiced his opinion very loudly that he would love to fight the winner of McGregor vs. Diaz 2 so it's not a foregone conclusion that a win for the Irishman will automatically mean a return to featherweight.
"I don't know what I'm thinking. Right now, I'm prepared for a war and that's it. Fifteen days out, let's (expletive) bring it," McGregor said.
"He's been talking about full camp this and that. "I've only had ten days to prepare, if I had a full camp he wouldn't even be able to hit me." Well let's see what that's about, let's see what all that's about."