'If someone comes near me with my kid in my hands, they'll be badly hurt' - Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor will try to shield his child from the effects of his celebrity status and admits that the way he interacts with his supporters will have to change.
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is taking a break from mixed martial arts as he prepares for the arrival of his first child with girlfriend Dee Devlin.
He announced the pregnancy after his facile victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 with the message: "I'm crapping my jocks I'm not going to lie. I don't even know what way to take it, it's going to mess with my head because I don't want to bring a child into anything like this.
"I don't want no little celebrity type sh**e, I hate that. I don't want my family to be like that."
Speaking to GQ Magazine, McGregor is clearly still grappling with how he is going to balance his life as one of the world's most recognisable sport's stars and his role as a father.
“I'm not trying to bring a kid into that. If someone comes near me when I have my kid in my hands, like the way they come near me now, looking for pictures, someone's gonna be badly hurt," he said.
Another issue which emerged after the Alvarez victory was McGregor's insistence that he needed to be rewarded by the UFC for his work and that they would need to offer him a substantially improved deal or an equity share in the company.
“I want to negotiate what I'm worth. I want to put my analytics forward, man-to-man, and be like, ‘This is what I'm owed now. Pay me.’ And then we can talk,” he added.
“I mean…certainly hell of a fatter check. Maybe potentially, down the road, an equity, interest or something. I'm just letting them know I want something else.”
The 28-year-old claims in the interview that Ireland is now full of mimics trying to dress like, act like and be like him.
“They all want to be me a little. That's a Drake line. All them boys want to be me a little. And it's true as f*ck.”
“I mean, I don't blame them. If I wasn't me, I'd want to be me, too.”
McGregor has been trading barbs with Floyd Mayweather for the past 18 months but speculation about a possible 'superfight' was put into overdrive in November when McGregor applied for a boxing licence in California last November.
"I'm pursuing that and no one can stop me from pursuing that," he added.
"He's been boxing for 40 years. There's a big difference between boxing and fighting. Boxing is limited fighting with a specific rule set. Fighting is true, where you can do anything.
“Yeah, of course we are. We're talking about boxing. That's it. But again, age waits for no man. He's 40 years of age. He's a little…he's got a little head on him. Honestly, my fist is bigger than his head. I sleep people. I put people unconscious. I'm stating facts. If I hit that man, his head is gonna go into the bleachers. You understand that? If I crack that little head of his, it's gonna go clean off his shoulders and up into the bleachers.”
“I mean, that's the one that everyone wants, that's the one that makes the most sense. But I've no problem going and slapping the head off one of his opponents that he couldn't finish. All he does is decisions. He can never stop them. So all I have to do is pick some schmuck out that he only could decision, bounce the left hand off his dome, sleep him, and then there you go: It's already done.”
Here a pick of some of the best quotes from McGregor's GQ interview:
On possibly seeing the Kardashians during his time in Malibu:
"Maybe I'll search for Khloé's big fat ass—she's been floating around Malibu. I don't give a f**k about them. I just like to see them in the flesh.
“Not about admiring. Admire? Never. What's the saying? Never put the p***y on a pedestal, my friend. I just want to see it. I want to see them.”
After the reporter told him he couldn't get clearance on the article:
“I'll throw you out onto the motorway right now and run this car over you."
On the claim that he was born with fists clenched:
“I've been fighting my whole fucking life."
On the secret behind his left hand strikes:
“It's all in the nutsack. It's all in the ball sack. I just have confidence that comes from my big ball sack, and I know when I smack you, you're going down. And that's it.”
On criticism of new American president Donald Trump:
"Everybody's just pointing at him, and I don't know. Rather than putting your energy into pointing the finger at somebody else, figure out what it is you need to do and do it, and do it right, and get it done, and get your situation right. And if a person does that, then their life will get better. Standing on a fucking picket…I don't know.”