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Conor McGregor: I'm absolutely sick to death of the media... but then the cheques appear

Published 12/07/2015 | 09:57

Interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has received more media exposure in 2015 than most of the other top Irish athletes combined and he needs a break.

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In spring, two months after dispatching Denis Siver with ease in Boston, McGregor arrived in Dublin on the final leg of his world tour to promote his fight with Jose Aldo.

With the biggest fight in UFC looming, McGregor was thrust into the media spotlight once more and with the controversy over Aldo's late withdrawal and Chad Mendes stepping up, even more attention was thrust upon him.

His media and sponsorship commitments saw him jet to New York last week for interviews with ESPN, a Reebok shoot and an appearance on Conan O'Brien.

Conor McGregor is treated for a cut over the right eye at the end of the first round
Conor McGregor is treated for a cut over the right eye at the end of the first round
Conor McGregor in action against Chad Mendes during their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor taunts Chad Mendes during their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor is treated for a cut over the right eye at the end of the first round during his Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189 against Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / SPORTSFILE
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes in the Second Round of their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout. Photo: Esther Lin / SPORTSFILE
Conor McGregor in action against Chad Mendes during their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor in action against Chad Mendes during their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates with team-mate Artem Lobov after defeating Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor in action against Chad Mendes during their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor, left, in action against Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor, left, in action against Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor in action against Chad Mendes during their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes in the Second Round of their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor in action against Chad Mendes during their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor, left, in action against Chad Mendes during their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor in action against Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes in the Second Round of their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Photo: Esther Lin / SPORTSFILE
Conor McGregor, left, in action against Chad Mendes
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes

The gate receipts, the pay-per-view money, all the records were broken last night at the MGM Grand as a result of McGregor's media savvy and his drawing power but he's ready for a break.

He told his post-fight press conference: ""I love every single one of you here, I love the media but I’m absolutely sick to death of you.

"It does not come easy, it’s not just about showing up at the gym.

"I’ve been home 19 days this year, I’ve been constantly working, constantly promoting, constantly handling my media obligations as well as keeping on top of my weight, as well as keeping on top of my skill level, as well as managing niggling injuries.

"It’s a crazy game and I absolutely love it.

"It didn’t matter whether it was Jose or Chad. This was my night."

Asked whether he would adjust his media schedule ahead of any future fights given his experience this time round, a smiling McGregor said: "It’s damn hard work, every time I saw f**k this, next time I’m not doing all this and then I get handed the cheque and I’m like... ‘Alright then’.

"I’ll do it one more time."

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