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Thursday 14 November 2019

Conor McGregor: You have slumps and question why you do this at all

Irishman admits tough lifestyle ahead of Boston Fight Night

Conor McGregor admits the week of a fight can be emotional
Conor McGregor admits the week of a fight can be emotional
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Conor McGregor says he sometimes questions why he puts his body through so much going into a fight ahead of Sunday’s battle with Dennis Siver.

In a documentary on Fox Sports earlier this week, McGregor broke all sorts of science records for his strength and agility.

And while he says he has never been in better physical condition going into the Boston Fight Night, he did emphasis that the week before a fight can be an emotional rollercoaster.

When asked if getting down to the strict weights for a fight can sap your energy on this evening’s Matt Cooper Show on Newstalk, McGregor replied: “There is a danger that you can do that and there is also a danger when you don’t rehydrate properly but I am also a veteran at this game.

“I have been cutting weight and doing this my whole life. There are moments in the day when you have slumps. We like to call this week the emotional week. This is where you can question why you do it and it can be tough at times but I understand we are all in the same boat here.”

Despite these slight concerns, ‘The Notorious’ goes into this week’s fight with Siver in the best shape of his life.

“This has been my best camp by far. My previous camp in Las Vegas I went in with a torn ligament, when I turned I hurt my foot. I did not go into the camp in the best shape I possibly could,” said McGregor.

“It’s forced me to adapt my training. I felt during that time I turned over a new leaf and I became more knowledgeable about movement.”

McGregor has become a household name in Ireland and propelled the sport of mixed martial arts to new heights. Should he beat Siver on Sunday morning in Boston, he gets a world title shot Jose Aldo, possibly in Croke Park.

The flamboyant Crumlin man is not one to shy away from the limelight, but he did admit that the increase in popularity of MMA in Ireland is not just down to his success.

“It’s a combination of things. Of course you had myself get in there and then we have had the other Irish competitors get in but there has always been a cult following for the sport.

“Even back in the day we were told we will never be on the level of the Americans. This was common talk not so long ago. I used to hear that when I was 18/19 years old grinding in the gym. Now we have taken it to the next level.

“It (his fame) has its ups and downs. I like to focus on the positives. The people who have supported my career and I try not pay attention to anything else. I have a small circle. I don’t necessarily let people in or let people out.

“The supporters have been phenomenal but make no mistake, my fanbase has not grown because of television appearances. My fanbase has grown because I have introduced the Irish public to a new way of fighting, something they have not seen before. Nobody in the history of Irish fighting has thrown shots that I throw.

“I have introduced something new to the Irish public, it’s not just because I can speak or get on the Late Late show or something stupid like that.

“It’s because I get in shape, I perform. I am different and I am doing something new.”

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