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Conor McGregor Aware That He Is Heading Towards A Clichéd Downfall

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Conor McGregor had a moment of real honesty with Ariel Helwani when the famed reporter asked him exactly how aware he is of how his career’s trajectory seems from the outside looking in.

It’s the clichéd fall from grace that has stolen away the careers of so many to have reached such heights.

And while perhaps McGregor isn’t yet at the point of no return, a string of highly controversial moments outside of the octagon have led many to express their disappointment in him and his conduct.

The emergence of a video showing an April incident involving him and a patron at an Irish pub was seen by many as the final straw but in his recent appearance on ESPN, he seemed to show a genuine desire to right the wrongs of his recent rough patch.

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Speaking in his recent SportsCenter interview with ESPN‘s Ariel Helwani, McGregor seemed to display an understanding of the fact that all of his past glories and riches could be in danger of slipping away if he doesn’t correct the mistakes he has made.

“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. 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.

“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.”

If the 41-minute run-time is something you find off-putting, do not fear, for we have managed to compile the ten major talking-points from what was an intriguing look into the current mindset of the former champion.

Read our summary of the interview here.

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]