UFC champion Conor McGregor has conquered his mountain and has the world at his proverbial feat.
He recently won RTE Sportsman of the Year award and is looking at his options as he awaits a sit-down with the new owners of UFC that recently stripped him of the Featherweight title.
In celebration of the award, McGregor granted an interview to RTE Sports in which he was uncharacteristically humble and calm for the most part.
In it he detailed his issues with his new bosses. Most telling was how he approached the subject of being stripped of a title belt.
“Don’t mind that; I’m still the two-weight world champ,” McGregor said. “They can try to say what they want. They can try to put out the people that I’ve already destroyed. The current champion (Aldo) is a guy I KO’d in 13 seconds. The current interim champ (Holloway) is a guy I destroyed as well. Officially I don’t care what nobody says. I am the two-weight world champion, and that’s that.”
UFC was sold by Dana White to WME-IMG and White continues to run its day-to-day operations. He has stated that McGregor will be in the shelf for 10 months.
“I know Dana (White’s) been on record like, ’10 months – he’s taking 10 months,'” McGregor said. “I just don’t know. I’m weighing out my options. I expect conversation. I expect them to fly that jet to me. Ari (Emanuel), Patrick (Whitesell) – the new owners from WME-IMG – the guys who bought the UFC for $4 billion? I want to speak with them.
Without the need to put on a show, McGregor provided a rarely seen glimpse into just how calculated he can be.
In the extended video interview below, McGregor talks about the violence of his chosen game, his lifestyle, his humble beginnings and securing his boxing license with the intention of fighting perhaps standing toe-to-toe with Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
Watch Conor McGregor RTE Interview
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