Over a year after Conor McGregor lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor is coming back to the octagon. Conor makes his long-awaited return in UFC 246 against Donald Cerrone. This is going to be one of the most crucial fights in McGregor’s career. It’s been years since he got his hands raised inside the octagon. Besides that, the controversies outside the octagon involving Conor has not helped the former two-division champion.
However, Conor seems to have learned a lesson from his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov and the disappointing last year. In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Conor looks back at what went wrong and how he is aiming to come back stronger than ever.
Conor McGregor Looks Back at Turbulent 2019
“A learning year, a year of figuring out myself and my situation,” McGregor said off 2019 when he was away from the action as per ESPN. “2020, the year of perfect vision.
“I let people down and I’m in a position where I must take control of things, not shy away from things. I’m back now. A solid 5 months work.”
Conor McGregor: “I let people down and I’m in a position where I must take control of things, not shy away from things. I’m back now. A solid 5 months work.”#HelwaniShow
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) January 13, 2020
“I’m very excited to be back and gifting this to the people,” he said.
Conor McGregor further stated that he has found the reason to fight again as he squares off against Donald Cerrone on January 18th. It’s not about the money, it’s about the hunger to compete and entertain that has led Conor back into the game.
“For me, it’s not about money. I’m in a position where it’s forever money. This is not for money for me. No amount of money will stop my hunger for this and my hunger to compete and entertain and just live my life the way I want to live it and the way I enjoy to live it. Too much money without an awareness of it in the past can be dangerous. There’s no limits. There’s no boundaries. You can do anything. You can go anywhere. I know what I want to do and what I enjoy doing. And this is what I enjoy doing. And so I’m going to keep doing it. Now I’m doing it full steam ahead and I’m in the best shape of my life. Mental and physical.”
Conor Still has the Support of His Fans
Even after all the controversies and allegations, it seems Conor has not lost the stardom he once had when he climbed to the top of the fight game. Coach Kavanagh talked in a recent podcast and stated:
“I’d love for people to spend a little bit of time, like I do, driving through town with Conor or having to call into a shop with Conor, and being mobbed for selfies and people shaking his hand and congratulating him,” said Kavanagh on a recent episode of MMA Fighting’s Euro bash podcast.