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Conor McGregor Promises His Return ‘Will Be The Greatest Of Them All’

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Conor McGregor joined Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of SportsCenter on ESPN for a discussion that touched on a wide array of subjects concerning both his professional and personal life in the last few months.

It has almost been odd how quiet McGregor has been in the last couple of years in terms of his level of interaction with the media.

Of course, when you consider that he has reached a very unique pinnacle in his rise, it does make sense that he has taken a step back to a certain extent.

Both the MMA and mainstream media are sent into a frenzy whenever he releases even the slightest piece of information about his future and today, out of nowhere, it emerged that he had conducted a 41-minute interview with the famed journalist, Ariel Helwani.

His issues outside of the octagon have only made the fact that he lost his last fight in such meek fashion at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov that bit worse.

After giving his thoughts on the recent video that showed him attacking a patron at an Irish bar, Conor explained how he must make things right for the sake of his children and everyone who has followed him over the years.

In one particularly poignant moment, he promised that his return will be the greatest the sport has ever seen.

“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.

“[My return] is gonna be the greatest one of all.

“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.” (via ESPN)

Helwani took to his official Twitter page to thank the Irishman for his time and that he once again turned to him once the time came to make a public statement.

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

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