McGregor: I’m Passionate About Fighting
It’s no secret that UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor’s popularity has transcended the world of MMA. He’s held two UFC titles at the same time, fought Floyd Mayweather in a largely-grossing pay-per-view bout, and he’s a legend in his native Ireland. Needless to say, McGregor’s stock has risen since joining the UFC in 2013.
We’re at the point now where many agree that McGregor doesn’t necessarily need to fight again, and his future for certain is still not quite known. However, McGregor has stated recently that he plans for his next fight to be inside the Octagon.
McGregor reflected on his status in life during a recent interview with Sky Sports. He says while he makes big paychecks, it’s passion that has continued to bring him to the fighting game.
“It is not necessarily a money thing for me. I am passionate about fighting,” McGregor said. “Fighting is what I love to do. I will continue to do it as long as I am healthy and willing to put in the work that it takes to do.”
I will not be stupid though. I will not notice things about myself and then continue to do it like many others before me.
It is a dangerous, ruthless business and I am aware of that. Thankfully I am in a position of great wealth. I do not need to do it. I am doing it for the love of it.
When asked about certain future plans, McGregor remained unsure despite his “MMA next” answer to TMZ last week.
But McGregor said he’ll decide on his career plans based on his health and well-being as time rolls on.
I always look at the end from a damage-taken standpoint. How much damage have I taken? How is my brain? How is my mental health? How is my physical body? How is my training? How is my preparation? How is my hunger for it? That is where I gauge how long I will do it and there is still a lot left in me.
If UFC President Dana White has it his way, McGregor will return to the Octagon for a lightweight title unification bout with Interim UFC Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson. When that fight would happen is unknown though, as Ferguson is currently recovering from an elbow injury.
However, Ferguson did take time out of his day to send McGregor a “special” holiday tweet.