Fellow Irishman Jono Carroll Blasts ‘Idiot’ Conor McGregor: ‘He Started Believing in His Own Hype’

Published 02/07/2021, 5:06 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 05: Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


UFC sensation Conor McGregor has seen the extreme of his rise and fall as a combat athlete. Although he is still a lethal threat to the current UFC roster, McGregor’s recent loss against Dustin Poirier has brought him into the clutch of criticisms.

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That said, Irish pugilist, Jono Carroll, has also joined the ride. He didn’t demean McGregor but gave his opinion on how the UFC fighter has been through some prominent changes. According to Caroll, McGregor’s early MMA days were glorifying. But, as soon as he started gaining fame, Caroll saw prominent changes on the line.

Speaking with Fred Talks Fighting, ‘King Kong’ said, “To be honest, I like Conor and his early days. I really enjoyed all his early days. I loved how he was quite positive and he was just a typical person from Dublin, you know what I mean. He used to use all the same words.”

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He added, “I really was rooting for him. I thought he was great and then the more he got famous, the more he got played like that superstar, the more of an idiot, you start acting the more of like, you start believing in his own hype. You know what I mean.”

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Jono Carroll further revealed how McGregor’s media personality was reflected in his real character. He said, “When you start believing all the bulls***, you start becoming that a*****., that you are trying to pros. I don’t know the word that I am looking for right here. The Perception of being that a**, like he started becoming that person. I mean, he started becoming that, like an arrogant person.”

But, McGregor’s recent personality has seen some changes, and we can expect him to return to action soon.

What’s next for Conor McGregor?

Conor McGregor has vowed to remain active in the UFC lightweight unit. Following his defeat to Dustin Poirier, a third clash is highly possible. If not, ‘The Notorious’ can fight the other contenders at 155 to revive his dream of becoming the champion once again.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Apart from that, he can also box Manny Pacquiao in another lucrative crossover. The fight is still rumored to be relevant and ‘Notorious’ may want to take it, especially after a failed return at the UFC.

Do you think Conor McGregor will remain at UFC or go to the boxing universe?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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