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“It Was a Bit of Craic…”: Conor McGregor Finally Gets Candid on His Beef With KSI Ahead of the YouTuber’s Fight Against Tommy Fury

Published 10/03/2023, 12:27 AM EDT

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Conor McGregor and controversy should be considered as synonyms of each other. The former double-weight champion has left no stone unturned to keep himself relevant even after leaving the octagonal arena. In a bid for his comeback saga ‘Mystic Mac’ has called out various fighters for a match that includes the YouTuber KSI as well.

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Even though ‘Notorious’ is yet to receive USADA clearance to return to the cage, the Irishman seems eager to step into the Octogan. However, in a recent turn of events, McGregor seemingly took his words back. Not quite like ‘The Notorious’ we know!

In a recent interaction, McGregor however  on his callout to KSI, stated it was “a bit of craic.”


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Conor McGregor backtracks on his fight against KSI

In the aftermath of Anthony Joshua knocking out Robert Helenius, Conor McGregor called out YouTuber turned boxer KSI for a bare-knuckle fight. The Irishman was brutal with his words when he remarked, ” (KSI couldn’t) box eggs if he worked in an egg boxing factory” in numerous interviews.

However, in a twist, McGregor has now backed out. McGregor in an interview explained that he is more interested in making a comeback to the UFC’s Octagon, against Michael Chandler than ‘side hustle matches.’ McGregor added, “Ah he was there, it was just a bit of craic, I’m not interested.”


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In a later interview with Second Out, he clarified that even though he is not interested in facing KSI as of now, he will still keep an eye on the YouTuber boxing matches. He termed them as ‘side hustles’ or ‘nixers.’ McGregor may be present at KSI’s fight against Tommy Fury in Manchester, as his friend Dillon Danis is facing off against Logan Paul on the same card. However, the Irishman has stated that it will be difficult due to his busy schedule.

The saga of Mcgregor’s comeback


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The former dual weight champion has not been to the Octagon arena since breaking his leg at his bout against Dustin Poirier. However after a period of 2 years ‘Notorious’ seems to be willing to make a comeback. The fighter acted as a coach in the TUF season 31 against Michael Chandler’s team and since it a customary for the coaches to fight in the end everyone anticipated that McGregor would finally come back to Octagon.

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However, things were not as easy as it looked as McGregor had to pass two pool tests according to USADA within a period of six months in order to return to fighting and with such a small time left it seemed impossible for McGregor to return back in 2023. Dana White later confirmed that McGregor will not make a comeback this year and it has been pushed to 2024. In the pursuit of his comeback, McGregor had called out multiple fighters for a fight that included Michael Chandler, Justin Gaethje, and Nate Diaz.


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Conor McGregor’s comeback has now turned into UFC folklore. His presence as a fighter had charmed the UFC, but maybe his glory days are way past him! What’s your opinion on this? Should McGregor retire gracefully? Do tell us in the comments below.

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Suryakant Das


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Suryakant Das is a passionate fan of UFC, mixed martial arts, and bodybuilding. Alongside his passion for sports activities, he is training to be a chartered accountant and has previously worked as a content lead in varied organizations. Suryakant's writing reveals a unique perspective on the world of MMA, enriched by his hunger to consume the latest happenings in the sport.
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