Conor McGregor took a break from training yesterday to engage in a lengthy interview with
I don’t use machines — animals don’t use machines.’ On his famed trash talk, the UFC champion said that that expression makes him laugh as it suggests he is trying ‘to hurt someone’s feelings.’
‘I’m an Irishman and a fighter — I don’t give a f*ck about feelings.’
But the real genuine insights into how he has risen to prominence to such an astonishing degree came later on.
McGregor was quizzed on whether his famous comments after defeating José Aldo about precision beating power and timing beating speed could apply to readers as a sort of life mantra, irrespective of their profession. His answer really delves into what makes him tick.
‘The point is being a complete fighter. Power and speed aren’t enough to overcome someone who is strategic, who knows what you’ll do before you do it and can turn it on you; someone who is mentally engaged and combines the whole package.’
There are people who have great skills, who do great things, but don’t embody the whole animal that is the fight game like I do. I don’t believe in talent. Talent doesn’t exist. I believe in working harder and putting in the time — being completely obsessed.’
And, yeah, I think that’s life. I mean, that fight was 13 seconds. But it was an entire lifetime of work to get to that 13 seconds. It’s not about what’s obvious, it’s about all that’s not obvious that goes into success.’
There was also some more reflective insight from ‘The Notorious’ about the journey he has been on. Ironically, this introspective answer came from when he was grilled about his taste in superficial items like suits.
‘I like looking good. But it’s also about the feeling, right? You can take on the world in a good suit. As for the cost of them — it’s not about the money. It’s about what that money represents. I love money because I’ve earned it. I won sixty G’s with my first knockout – and the week before I was collecting social welfare. I worked my ass off to earn what I have. You have to understand, not many people where I come from get to experience this kind of life.
I used to imagine it. I used to pretend that my Peugeot driving to the gym in the rain in Dublin was a Ferrari on the Vegas strip. And now that I have that? I can’t even describe that feeling. That’s why I like the best — the best cars, the best food, the best watches. I’m on top of the world, man. And I intend to stay there.’
Check out McGregor’s interview in full here.