McGregor intends to keep fighting so long as he doesn’t take more damage like Diaz dished out on him in their first fight.
If you’re gonna go into a career in mixed martial arts, odds are you’re going to take some hard blows to the head. But according to Conor McGregor, only one man has ever landed that kind of heavy shot on him: Nate Diaz.
The UFC lightweight champ shared that determination on Irish broadcaster RTE’s Late Late Show while promoting his Notorious documentary, and how the lack of violence that’s been perpetrated against him is going to allow him to keep competing for at least a few more years.
“I’m 29 years of age and I have climbed to the very very top and not with relative ease. I’ve put in a lot of hard work,” McGregor said. “I’ve gone through strenuous camp, after camp after camp, but still compared to other people in the fight game I’m still relatively undamaged. I’ve never been dropped. I was wobbled once.”
“In the Mayweather fight, it was fatigue. I wasn’t wobbled, I didn’t see stars once. The only time I was ever wobbled once in a contest was in the Diaz 1 fight. And that’s it, it’s the only heavy shot I’ve ever taken.”
“I’m 29 years of age and I have climbed to the very very top and not with relative ease. I’ve put in a lot of hard work,” he finished. “I’ve gone through strenuous camp, after camp after camp, but still compared to other people in the fight game I’m still relatively undamaged. I’ve never been dropped. I was wobbled once.”
That assessment is good news for folks who were worried McGregor might take the insane amount of money he made off the Floyd Mayweather fight and ride off into the sunset. By all accounts, Conor still intends to compete for years, or at least til the wheels fall off on his crazy ride that has seen him become the only UFC fighter to ever hold two belts simultaneously.
But who knows? Maybe the next fighter that he steps into the Octagon (or boxing ring) with beats him up good and bounces his head off the canvas. One fight gone very wrong may be all it takes to change McGregor’s mind (literally) to the point where he leaves.
I wouldn’t be too sad … the sport is way too full of guys carrying on past their best before date, and the best we can hope for is a fighter listening to his body and walking away with their faculties intact. Let’s hope it’s not too soon, though.