Video: Conor McGregor reveals how he felt like a caged monkey being fed bananas
Published 11/11/2015 | 10:09
The countdown is on to Conor McGregor's world title fight against Jose Aldo next month and he has opened up in one of his most revealing interviews yet.
In an extensive chat with BT Sport, McGregor talks about his upbringing and his family, as he shows the human side of a sporting hero notable for his confident bravado.
The Notorious also revealed the tough route he took to claiming the interim world title belt when he defeated Chad Mendes in July.
"You would not understand the amount of adversity I had to go through before that fight. The amount of world tours, the amount of media obligations," said McGregor.
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"I was a monkey in the zoo, locked in a cage, and they feed me a banana and tell me to dance. I overcame a lot of adversity and hard work to make it to that Octagon."
While McGregor's commitment to the sport of MMA is unquestionable, he has admitted that you have to be a "little bit gone" to succeed so well at anything.
"I feel to be at the pinnacle of any game, whatever you do, you have got to be a little bit gone to it. You are not all there. You are almost insane to your craft and not a lot of people understand that."