Conor McGregor takes aim at Jon Jones: 'I'm the No. 1 pound-for-pound'

As Conor McGregor prepares for his showdown with Nate Diaz at UFC 196, he's beginning a new life outside of the featherweight division and looking to win titles in several weight divisions.

What McGregor is attempting by jumping up two weight divisions and potentially challenging for three titles by the end of 2016 is unprecedented.  He's also quickly making gains to get to the top of the mythical pound-for-pound rankings, but according to McGregor, he's already there.

Even with Jon Jones returning at UFC 197 next month, McGregor says it's no contest who is on top of the world in this sport.

"He's not," McGregor responded when asked if Jones is the top pound-for-pound fighter in MMA. "I'm No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and maybe Jon and 'Mighty Mouse' (Demetrious Johnson) is 10. That's what I feel."

McGregor took another subtle dig at Jones as well as heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum when discussing his willingness to step up multiple weight classes and fight a late-notice replacement when it came time to save a show.

UFC 196 was in jeopardy after lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos fell out due to injury, but McGregor agreed to fight Diaz. McGregor did the same at UFC 189 when featherweight champion Jose Aldo dropped out of their fight and he ended up defeating Chad Mendes for the interim title.

Werdum, when faced with a similar situation, pulled out of his scheduled fight last month with an injury after Cain Velasquez did the same, and the UFC was forced to cancel the pay-per-view broadcast.

As for Jones, he was expected to face Dan Henderson at UFC 151 and ultimately turned down a late-notice fight with Chael Sonnen that led to the cancellation of the card.

"Fabricio pulled out and threw cards down the water. Jon pulled out and threw cards down the water," McGregor said.

"Nobody was willing to step up or down. I can't answer that. You play it safe. You don't take risks. You won't go all the way. I get in, I take risks and that's why I go all the way."

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