UFC: Conor McGregor Confirms He’s Fighting Soon, Wants A Good Scrap
After fifteen months away from the Octagon, Conor McGregor successfully returned at UFC 246, beating ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in just 40 seconds. Going into UFC 246, there was the question of whether the Irishman had lost any of his popularity, after several incidents outside of the Octagon. These questions were answered emphatically however, when UFC 246 numbers were released.
Speaking to the Bleacher Report, McGregor spoke of his rise to superstardom.
“There was no strategy per se. I love the fight game and love the fans. I give it my all every day. I have battled inside the Octagon and have overcome great adversities in my life. I think people appreciate my story, and many relate to me. I know I relate to many of them. Just a small number of years ago I was an apprentice plumber on social welfare, and today I am known all over the world and am able to help many versus being helped. That is a great feeling.
“It is not easy being in the public eye, but I love being around people as it gives me great energy. I plan on being around for a long time inside the Octagon, boxing ring, and well beyond my fighting career.”
The last time we saw McGregor inside the Octagon prior to UFC 246, was his infamous fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. After all the bad blood going into the fight, it was the Dagestani who prevailed. Scoring a fourth round submission and defending his UFC lightweight title.
Despite the animosity going into the fight, McGregor claims he didn’t train properly for Khabib.
“I will admit that the fight before UFC 246, I did not train properly and was not in perfect condition. Call it what you want. I am hungry today. Hungry like a man who has not eaten for weeks. … When I set my mind to something, there is nothing I can not accomplish. It is that power of belief that makes up the winners.”
McGregor though, states that he won’t make that mistake again.
“I will simply say I was not fully prepared. It proves that anything can happen in the fight game. You can trust that I will not make the same mistakes next time. I came out well, and in an instant, things changed. It’s as simple as that.”
‘The Notorious’ has his hands in several pies outside of fighting. With Obviously the biggest pie being is his Irish whiskey, Proper No. Twelve. Recently, McGregor combined the fight game and his whiskey by sponsoring the Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder rematch. Something he is very proud of.
“Fury vs. Wilder II was my kind of fight. A proper fight between two beasts who talk a good game and throw heavy punches, so I was proud to have Proper No. Twelve front and centre during that bout as the title brand.
“If you want to take part, you shy away from big thinking—if you want to take over you make calculated decisions, and in this case, the fight was a blockbuster, and Proper was clearly one of the winners that night right next to Tyson. Tyson Fury is special. He’s got Irish in his blood. I sent both fighters a bottle of my Proper whiskey and they both deserved a Proper shot or two after that bout. I deeply respect these fighters! What a show!”
Going into UFC 246, McGregor stated that he wanted to treat 2020 like a season and fight three times. With the first fight in the bag, can we expect his next fight announcement soon? Yesterday, his striking coach Owen Roddy said that we could see Conor fight Justin Gaethje at UFC 252 on July 11th.
And the good news for McGregor fans, the former two division UFC champion confirmed that we will see him fight again soon. And that we can expect to see him box again also.
“What the fans, and frankly the fighters, don’t want is a dull fight or a dull lead up to a fight. I enjoy every aspect, and the fans deserve to see and hear the real me. I am very passionate and eager to please the fans and win for them and my family. I am willing to fight anyone and have proved that time and time again. I look for a good scrap, and if it isn’t going to be that, I have no interest.
“The money is not why I do this. I am a very rich man, and my children and those that come after them will be just fine. I love the fight game. I learned many things boxing in Crumlin where I grew up, and my deep love is why I do this today. I will be in the Octagon again soon and fully expect to box again. You will need to stay tuned, but trust me—the fans will enjoy. Giving them what they want and entertaining them is important to me.”
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