Friday 24 January 2020

'I was drinking all bleeding fight week' - Conor McGregor reveals poor preparation for Nurmagomedov defeat

Conor McGregor. Photo: SPORTSFILE
Conor McGregor. Photo: SPORTSFILE

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Conor McGregor has revealed he would go on drinking binges in the days before his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov back in 2018.

The Dubliner returns to the octagon at the Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena in the early hours of Sunday for his UFC 246 fight with Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone - the scene of his October 2018 loss to undefeated Russian fighter Nurmagomedov.

However, the 31-year-old revealed he drank in the lead up to that fight.

"'I was drinking all bleeding fight week," he said in an interview with Ariel Helwani on ESPN.

"I had venom in me or something. I had people holed up in a hotel and I would ring and arrange a fight, they would come to the gym and have a full-blown fight with no headguards.

"I'd have a war, win and knock the guy out and go off and celebrate and come back in three days.

"I wasn't doing what I should have been doing; I've made mistakes and I've been man enough to admit them."

McGregor revealed in the interview that he pocketed "$50million" from the Nurmagomedov fight and expected to make "€80million" from Sunday's clash with Cerrone.

He also revealed that he "learned some valuable lessons" and "let people down" last year.

"I let people down and that’s it. You must take control of things and not shy away from things," he said.

"I've never done that in my career and I never will do it. It is what it is, it’s part of the life.

"Sometimes it got a bit on top of me and then I reacted, but no more.

"I had to go to that point. Look at where it led me, reacting to disrespect and these type of things.

"I've learned some valuable lessons in this that I'm very thankful for, and I will use them going forward."

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