Connor McGregor is still not forgetting the loss against Khabib Nurmagomedov at the UFC 229 in October 2018. The Notorious revealed some interesting details from the period before that fight. Some are suggesting that there could be found the reasons for his loss back then, others that it is just a poor attempt to justify his inferiority in that contest.
According to the former Irish fighter, he was drinking the whole time during the preparation period for the fight against Khabib.
“I was drinking all bleeding fight week the last time,” he said. “I just had this venom in me or something. I don’t know why.
Now, judging by the reactions on the social networks, some are suggesting that this might be true knowing McGregor’s mentality, and in that case, there is no doubt that the preparations were far less effective than they should be.
My full sit-down interview with @TheNotoriousMMA is up now. Dare I say, a side we haven’t seen of him before. I found his answers, candor & demeanor fascinating throughout. For example, this clip below about drinking leading up to the Khabib fight.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 13, 2020
Meanwhile, a bigger part of the public thinks that this is just one more of the Notorious’ excuses, with whom he tries to cover up the fact that the Russian dominated throughout the entire contest and deserved to win.
The reason for their belief comes from the next part of his recent interview in which he claims that he often challenged Khabib’s compatriots to a fight in the hotel where he stayed before the match. After beating each one of them, he would go to celebrate.
“I had people holed up in a hotel, from that part of the world. And I would ring and arrange a fight. So they come from the hotel down to the gym and have a full-blown fight, no head guard. I’d win. You know, we’d have a war, and I’d win, and I’d knock the guy out. And then I’d go off and celebrate, and then I’d come back in three days.”
It is really hard to believe that McGregor had those situations because sooner or later, some footage would show up, or at least rumors would appear. Having a star with such a reputation fighting in the hotel gym wouldn’t go unnoticed.
But most definitely his interview and all said there, draw a lot of attention today, which is something McGregor maybe wanted. After all, he is the biggest showman in the MMA, and arguably in all the combat sports.
All that publicity he creates is profitable for both him and the UFC organization, and it generates enormous sums of money. It is expected that the Irishman earns more than $80 million from his fight against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Allegedly this should the UFC record. But that is not all. His big comeback will bring him more endorsement deals, and will certainly boost all the private business ventures he has.
UFC 246 main card is scheduled for Januar 18th, in Las Vegas at the famous T-Mobile arena and is starting at 10 pm ET.
At the moment, McGregor is an absolute favorite, and odds on his win are at -325 before writing this article. On the other side, Cowboy sits at +250, and having seen his last fights; it seems that the bookies might be right about that.
However, UFC often brings surprises nobody couldn’t predict in the wildest dreams, meaning that whoever writes out the American veteran, is making a big mistake.
Nikola Velickovic is a sports journalist who loves to write and read on all sports. Nikola contributes both news updates and functions as a sports breaking news writer at WagerBop.