They don’t call him “The Notorious” because of his tame, reserved personality.
Since he first burst onto the scene, Conor McGregor was one to watch. Not only did he have impressive fighting skills, but he had a boisterous personality to go with it.
When a prize fighter can string together win after win and promote himself at the same time, it’s a winning combination. However, some believe McGregor’s antics have gone too far this time. A recent video showing the former UFC champion punching a man in a Dublin bar has made headlines since it was released.
McGregor’s actions have drawn the ire of fighters and fans alike. While the elderly man he punched called him a bully with money, McGregor now appears apologetic. But is his apology sincere? Or is he simply trying to save face after the fact?
“I was in the wrong. That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having it end the way it did. … I tried to make amends and I made amends back then. But it doesn’t matter. I was in the wrong.”
McGregor apologized to his supporters, his family, and his trainers, even going so far as to say he got into MMA to prevent that very scenario. However, he has been lashing out repeatedly in recent months. From this attack to the act of destroying a fan’s phone, he’s gotten a ton of flack. However, he may not have addressed the real reason behind his self-destruction.
It’s an opinion, so take it as that – McGregor’s loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov may be eating him alive.
At one time, McGregor was an easy candidate for the best fighter in the world. With over a dozen consecutive victories against some of the sport’s best and the massive accolade of being the first-ever simultaneous two-division champion, McGregor was on top of the world.
He’d stumble when a short-notice fight with Nate Diaz didn’t go his way, but he’d rebound to avenge his loss. He’d go chase a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, and even though he didn’t win, he made a ton of money and added another huge accomplishment to his resume.
Then came the fight against Nurmagomedov, a man who many call the greatest lightweight of this era. McGregor had nothing for Nurmagomedov, and despite committing multiple fouls during the fight and talking non-stop trash before it, he was unable to muster any significant offense before tapping out to a choke in the fourth round.
McGregor was then involved in a brawl after the fact that saw him and his team get the worst of a group beatdown. He went from being on top of the world to being humbled with the whole world watching. That’s a tough trip to make, and it may have done irreparable damage to the fighter’s psyche.
Can McGregor find himself again, and stay out of trouble? Will he ever make another run for the lightweight championship?