Isaac Vallie-Flagg Feels The UFC Could Be Protecting Conor McGregor To Get Into The Irish Market

Photo: Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

Photo: Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

UFC lightweight Isaac Vallie-Flagg recently appeared on The MMA Roasted Podcast to speak about various topics. One topic that was brought up, was about UFC featherweight Conor McGregor, and the hype the Irishman’s been getting in his short UFC career.

Speaking to Adam Hunter, here’s what Vallie-Flagg had to say:

“I think it’s hilarious, I don’t even think that Conor McGregor kid is that good.

He’s been calling out all these really, really tough guy’s, because he knows the UFC won’t let him fight them because they’re going to protect him to get into the Irish market.

I think the kid is…You know, he’s got talent, but I don’t think he’s that great. I saw his rankings recently and if baffled me, because they ranked him higher than Dennis Bermudez and Jeremy Stephens, both of whom are killing people recently and really doing well in the division and have been around a while.

Conor beats two guys, and doesn’t look that great against Max Holloway and he’s ranked number twelve I think? That’s ridiculous.”

In regards to McGregor calling out Diego Sanchez:

“Diego would kill Conor. If you look at Conor’s ground-game after the Max Holloway fight, it exposed him, he didn’t know what to do in the guard or anything. Diego’s a monster, I think Conor always calls him old and fat, that dude is still a monster in the gym, in fights, no matter where he is and I think he would break Conor’s will.

He knows he’s safe, again, Conor McGregor calls out dudes he knows the UFC won’t let him fight right now because they’re trying to protect him to get into the Irish market. And it’s like, I could be completely wrong about that, but I’d like to see him fight one of those dudes he’s calling out and get exposed for what he is.”

And finally, how McGregor would match-up against Cub Swanson:

“I think Conor would get smashed by Cub. I mean, Cub being my friend aside, the talent level and the way that Cub thinks about fighting, Conor doesn’t even hold a candle to Cub. His kicks aren’t as good, his straight-up Boxing isn’t as good as Cub’s and technically he’s not as sound as Cub, that’s just standing up. On-top of that Cub’s Wrestling and ground-game is leaps and bounds above Conor’s”

Isaac Vallie-Flagg is 14–3–1 in his MMA career, he made his UFC debut at UFC 156 and defeated seasoned veteran Yves Edwards by split decision. Vallie-Flagg is set to face Elias Silverio on January 15th, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35.

Conor McGregor is 14–2 in his MMA career, he made his UFC debut at UFC on Fuel TV 9 and defeated Marcus Brimage by TKO, he went on to defeat Max Holloway in his next trip to the Octagon.

McGregor’s been sidelined since his last fight, due to a torn ACL he suffered during the bout. He underwent surgery, keeping him out of action for up to ten months.

Although many fans may agree with Vallie-Flagg, it’s important to note that the UFC’s held two events in Ireland so far. Their first event in Ireland was UFC 72 in June 2007 at The Odyssey in Belfast, which was headlined by Rich Franklin vs. Yushin Okami. And their second, and last trip to Ireland came in January 2009 at The O2, Dublin in Dublin, where Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson headlined the event.

The UFC’s expected to return to Ireland in September 2014. The five-year gap in-between events could indicate the possible decline in the sports popularity, or the UFC’s just been busy exploring many other markets during that time.

Vallie-Flagg discusses McGregor at the 55:10 mark of the Podcast below.

Written by: Jay Russell

Twitter: @VendettaFighter

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