UFC 246: No Booze, Gym Wars For Focused Conor
Conor McGregor lived like every day was his last heading into his eventual loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in 2018.
In a new interview with Ariel Helwani, McGregor admitted that he was reveling in the success of his past instead of focusing on the fight that was against him, just over a year after his rumored $100 million payday against Floyd Mayweather.
“I was drinking all the time last fight week. I was on the Conan O’Brien show [drinking],” he said.
Ahead of his return to the Octagon, McGregor has abstained from the drink for the past four months, and cannot explain why he needed to be loaded leading up to his fight with Nurmagomedov.
“Not to that extent, no. I don’t know [why I did it]. I had this venom in me or something.”
“I had people holed up in a hotel from that part of the world,” McGregor said of full out gym wars he’d have with training partners leading up to 229. “And I would ring them and arrange a fight. So they would come from the hotel down to the gym and have a full-blown fight.
“No head guard, a fight,” he continued. “I’d win. We would have a war and I would win. I’d knock the guy out and I would go off and celebrate and then I’d come back in three days.”
“I just wasn’t living the life I should be living. But I am not going back there, I am in a great spot now. That’s it. I have made mistakes and I have been man enough to admit them and correct them and that’s what I have done.”