Conor McGregor shares crazy lead-up to Khabib fight: “I was drinking all week”
UFC star Conor McGregor is known for his crazy ambitions and brash behavior, but alcohol problems and bad decision making made him lose his focus.
With just days left for his comeback fight against Donald Cerrone at UFC 246, McGregor reveals his troubles with alcohol and how he drank in the lead-up to one of the biggest fights in his career, the championship title bout against his arch nemesis Khabib Nurmagomedov.
In a long interview with MMA journalist Ariel Helwani, McGregor tells that he has been sober for some time:
“Good couple of months ago,” McGregor answered when asked when he last drank. “Three, four months ago maybe. … I was drinking all the way through fight week last time (for the Khabib fight).”
When asked if this was normal behavior, he admitted that something was off:
“Not to that extent,” McGregor claimed. “I just had this venom in me or something. I don’t know why.”
Conor McGregor shares crazy preparation for Khabib fight
McGregor explains that very few things were happening like they should have, and shares his unusual way of preparing ahead of the Khabib fight that took place at UFC 229 on 6 October 2018.
The now 31-year-old Irishman tells how he had people from Khabib’s area of the world (Dagestan/Russian) on stand-by and how he used to “ring and arrange a fight” whenever he felt like it:
“…they would come down to the gym and have a full-blown fight. No head guard, gloves that were small,” McGregor shared.
I’d win, I’d have a war, and I’d win and I’d knock the guy out then I’d go off and celebrate. Then I’d come back in three days… not doing what I should’ve been doing, not living the life I should’ve been.”
With toned-down personality leading up to his UFC 246 showdown with “Cowboy,” McGregor admits many mistakes and how they cost him dearly.
What was supposed to be his great return to MMA after almost two years away ended with a submission loss in the fourth round for “The Notorious.” Looking back at it, McGregor feels he has learned his lessons:
“I’m not going back there,” Conor McGregor. “I’m in a better place. I’ve made mistakes and I’ve been man enough to admit them and correct it.
That’s what I’ve done. I might not be perfect, but with a good sleep and a full belly, I’m damn close.”
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