Conor McGregor wont to train whenever he felt love it , and he stayed up late nightly . He would sleep deep into the daylight , and he perpetually showed up late for nearly any commitment required of a rising mixed martial arts star.
McGregor had reason to believe chaos was his natural environment: He was climbing to the top of the so-called combat sports, winning two UFC title belts and earning an absurd payday against Floyd Mayweather while becoming the foremost famous fighter within the world.
But McGregor knows the chaos gradually caught him and consumed him.
The last half-decade of McGregor’s public life has been an exhausting stretch of competitive disappointments and continuous legal troubles, including a minimum of three violent confrontations outside the cage. His side career as a whiskey distiller has been more successful than his endeavors during a prize ring or a cage, where he has competed just twice — and hasn’t had his hand raised in victory — since 2016.McGregor has analyzed what went wrong, and he believes he has identified the source.
“Consistency and structure was missing,” McGregor said Thursday after arriving a mere half-hour late to a UFC production facility within the Vegas desert. “Structure. i used to be sporadic with my work and with my life. I’m tons more centered now, tons more grounded and tons more focused.”
That means a regimented schedule for training, sleeping and eating. In fact, McGregor couldn’t lounge in bed lately albeit he still wanted to try to to it, because of two alarm clocks in his new Irish countryside mansion: His toddler son, Conor Jack, and his year-old daughter, Croia.
“With activity, with consistency and with structure, I can do anything, like I even have done already,” McGregor said.
Nearly 16 months after he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov in his only mixed martial arts fight in over three years, McGregor (21-4) returns to the cage at T-Mobile Arena off the Las Vegas Strip against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, a fellow veteran brawler and UFC stalwart attempting to mount a comeback.
McGregor is promising a productive, active year from a fighter who still has fortune and fame but wants to reclaim the championships and therefore the pride he lost.
“I want to be the simplest version of myself,” McGregor said. “Everyone is saying they need the old Conor, the Conor that fought in 2016, the Conor that fought Eddie (Alvarez for the lightweight title). I feel I’m during a better place than that. I even have a far better skill set than that. I’m experienced . That’s certainly a drive of mine, to be a far better version of myself.”Although he can still employ the swaggering persona that abetted his rise to fame, McGregor is notably humble in quieter moments lately . After multiple arrests and police investigations, McGregor has shown interest keep his cool.
When he’s asked about the downside of worldwide fame, McGregor acknowledges it, but quickly adds: “I also understand that this is often not a true problem. People have real problems. I rolled up during a bleeding Rolls Royce truck. My family is back home, and my son is playing in our Vegas home. I’m very, very blessed.”
McGregor moved his family last summer to a replacement mansion in Kildare, alittle town well west of Dublin where he could enjoy the quiet great thing about Irish countryside. When McGregor was still an up-and-coming fighter, he spoke of his desire to have Irish land, and therefore the move has fulfilled it.
“It’s an outstanding property on beautiful grounds,” McGregor said. “The Irish air, the trees and therefore the forest are in it. It’s sort of a park within the house.”
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According to many fans and journalists who have followed his career closely, McGregor’s reputation in Ireland has taken several hits together with his misbehavior. He not sparks the universal adoration that accompanied his rise. His believe is that the move to the countryside has the additional advantage of keeping him faraway from people and places that caused trouble for him before.
McGregor remains the most important attract the so-called combat sports, as evidenced by the eager headlines whenever he makes an offhand comment about resuming his boxing career against Manny Pacquiao, or even Mayweather again. McGregor has no set schedule for the remainder of 2020, but he clearly hopes to fight more this year than he did within the previous three combined.
And though many wondered if his recent inactivity would become a retirement, McGregor says he couldn’t roll in the hay .
“There’s still weight on my shoulders, but i really like it,” McGregor said. “That’s what i really like to try to to . i would like that feeling. You’ve need to have that feeling to urge in there. It’s a pressure game. I’m very proud of things now.”