Conor McGregor gave his most in-depth interview in a long, long time, speaking to motivational speaker Tony Robbins last month about a range of topics.
It’s certainly interesting to hear the Irishman speak at length in an interview as reflective and insightful as this one these days.
After a relatively quiet time in terms of media appearances in the wake of UFC 229, McGregor has emerged – speaking about his newfound focus on his own physical condition as opposed to the more materialistic desires that he himself admits were prioritised in times past.
Speaking in an interview with Tony Robbins that was recorded last month but just released this week, McGregor explained the shift in his mindset in recent times.
“For so long, in my mid to late twenties when I started to acquire wealth and acquire money I was fascinated with materialistic things. I would buy myself cars, watches. I have switched off of that.
“I realised I was spending things on material items and not on myself, my being, and my fitness. I’ve switched that completely. My nutritionist travels with me full-time, my doctors, my training partners, my coaches. I have a full team and it’s all for health, fitness and peak performance.
“We’ve got to be in shape. A trait of the successful is to wake up and train early.
As of right now, it’s not exactly clear when Conor will make his return to the octagon but from the sounds of things, this shift in focus will no doubt fill his fans with enthusiasm.
His last outing, which saw him lose at the hands of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, displayed a McGregor that seemed off to just about all of those who have seen his more fluid movement stylings in the past.
Citing the fact that he’s figuring things out, the Irishman explained how the first steps came about.
“I read that LeBron James spends $1.5 million yearly on himself. Physical therapists, masseuse, nutritionists, all of that. When I saw that, I said ‘I spend zero’.
“When a camp forms for a fight, I’ll gather a team of people, we go into the Vegas desert and lock ourselves away for ten weeks and do insanity work.
“It’s half-in, it’s not all-in. You certainly cannot be that way in the fight-game but in reality, you can’t be that way in any game you’re in. If you’re in a game, make sure you’re in it all the way and then that game will be your game. I’ve only taken this philosophy recently.
“I’ve had dips, lapses in motivation, dips in commitment. But I’m figuring it all out and I’m in a good place.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena