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WATCH: Conor McGregor’s Response to Jimmy Kimmel Calling Him a “Paranoid Young Man” in 2015

Published 04/24/2022, 10:05 AM EDT

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“The Notorious” appeared on “Live with Jimmy Kimmel” after winning the featherweight belt in 2015. While, Jimmy Kimmel, the show’s presenter, called Conor McGregor’s childhood mindset of becoming a UFC fighter a “paranoid young man.”

McGregor said, “I was always you know society tells you growing up you should find the size about kicking a ball and dream about that, it didn’t really interest me I tried maybe pretend that I was interested in it but really kicking a ball straight into a net is pretty cool but what happens if someone passes behind me and hits me two shots into the mouth then it’s so cool so that was in my head as a young kid.”


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The champ has stated in several interviews that he would have been a footballer if he had not desired to get into MMA. He had had an athletic persona since his childhood.

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While Kimmel hilariously pointed out his backstory saying, “You’re a paranoid young man.”

‘Mystic Mac’ gave a staunch reply, “I was aware. I had a self-defense mind. I was aware where I come from and where I grew up and you had to be aware, you had to be able to defend yourself, so that’s how I got into it.”

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McGregor, in the interview, significantly described how he has carved a path for all aspiring young Irish fighters.’The Notorious’ started as a plumber to support himself and ended up as the highest-paid UFC fighter.

His inactivity for a duration of more than a year has raised higher expectations for his return. It might be UFC’s most historic comeback.

Conor McGregor’s revival

‘The Notorious’ underwent a second-round knockout loss against Dustin Poirier in UFC 257. Poirier became the first fighter to knock out McGregor inside the Octagon. While the champ called out for a rematch, eventually UFC 264 became the most anticipated rematch in his career after his knockout.

Faith had a twisted reality of McGregor as he fractured his left fibula and tibia in the first round of the UFC 264, giving a knockout victory to Dustin Poirier once again.


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After his year-long inactivity and healing from the leg injury,’ Mystic Mac’ started posting his workout drills and physical transformation through his social media.


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His post gained a huge response from his fans. While McGregor shook the UFC by calling out Current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. He also made his historic statement to become a three-division UFC champion.

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The Fight organization has made no official statement regarding his return. But rumors about his next opponent to be Nate Diaz or Dustin Poirier on the run.

What do you make of Jimmy Kimmel’s take on Conor McGregor? Let us know in the comments below.



Vinay Vinod

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Vinay Vinod is a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. As a state-level amateur kickboxer and a national-level karate athlete, he prides himself on his ability to read fighters and make an in-depth analysis into the fight styles of athletes across traditional martial arts and combat sports. Considering Vinay's martial arts background, he is an ardent supporter of Israel Adesanya, Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson, and Lyoto Machida.

Edited By: Vibhanshu Kumar