Former UFC “champ-champ” Conor McGregor admits that he felt held back in 2020.
McGregor got 2020 started better than most could’ve asked for. In the first UFC pay-per-view of the year, the “Notorious” one starched Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone via TKO in 40 seconds. McGregor didn’t have another fight that year despite expressing his desire to compete again.
McGregor grew tired of waiting in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. He even claimed to be retired and shared a private DM he had with UFC President Dana White on future plans.
Fast forward to the start of 2021 and things are looking up for McGregor. He is set to take on Dustin Poirier in a rematch on January 23 to headline UFC 257. He’s also at peace with White once again.
During an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, McGregor explained what went south last year (via MMAMania.com).
“It was out of frustration. When you’re trying to get things moving and it’s just not happening … you’re getting shelved, it felt like I was shelved almost. I felt like if I’d been run out a couple more times that year, not only would my skillset and sharpness be in tune more, we’re also talking 800 million in revenue for the company.
“It was certainly out of frustration, but it is what it is, the past is the past. I felt like I got what I needed to get off my chest, and I felt like it’s been reciprocated well and the other side has come back as well. So I’m in a great spot and I’m excited to come back, and that’s what we’re focusing on: the positive side of it and the future.”