Conor McGregor has given a rare intimate interview – in which he honestly speaks about his return to MMA.
The Dublin star sat down for a 40-minute interview with MMA reporter Ariel Helwani and revealed he does not want to become a cliché and “ruin” everything he worked so hard for.
The Proper No. Twelve founder apologised for the now infamous Dublin pub incident in April in the interview also.
“I need to just stop reacting to the bait. People are trying to bait me into things. Am I the fish or am I the whale? I must be calm, I must be zen. I must lead by example,” he says in the intimate chat.
“There’s so many people looking up to me. How can I react in this way? I need to get a hold of this and, like I said, I’m working very hard to do this.”
The father-of-two added that he wants to make sure he makes the right decisions – so his children and grandchildren can be supported and be proud.
“So, if I have this opportunity before me, if I don’t execute this and get this right, make this happen for the children of my children’s children, all of my successes, all of everything I’ve achieved will be void, will be meaningless to me.
“I must get this right and I must not go down that path, the written path, the cliché of the fighter that has it all and ruins [it]. I need to be aware of my past, of the past of other individuals, and learn from it and grow and that’s what I’m doing”.
“[My return] is gonna be the greatest one of all,” he told ESPN.
“I must get my head screwed on and just get back in the game and fight for redemption, retribution, respect — the things that made me the man I am. And that’s what I will do,” he added.