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