Conor McGregor Finally Opens Up About Why He Waited So Long To Fight Again

David Hookstead | Reporter

Conor McGregor has finally given fans a bit of insight about why he hasn’t fought in the UFC in nearly two years.

In a long interview with, the Irish-born superstar talked about how he “fell out of love with” the UFC for a bit. What was it that made him not love the organization that made him a household name? The fact he was stripped of titles. (SLIDESHOW: These UFC Women Really Hate Wearing Clothes)

McGregor told the following, transcription via MMAFighting:

I spent my entire life’s work to win those two UFC world titles. I set out a goal, I put absolutely everything [into it], I sacrificed so much to gain those world titles. And then, as soon as I won the second world title, I hadn’t been offered a featherweight contest, and the featherweight title was taken off me and was handed back to a man I had crazy history with [Jose Aldo].

I traveled the world with him, it was a two-year build up and he ended up pulling out at the last minute. When I ended up fighting him, I knocked him out in 13 seconds and then they gave him the belt back as soon as I walked outside the Octagon in Madison Square Garden. And then what? About a month or two [later], the lightweight belt is stripped from me also.

I totally understand where McGregor is coming from here. You put your whole life into something, and then you feel like it was just snatched away from you, despite the fact you didn’t do anything wrong. He fought the fights he was given, and was still stripped of his title for not essentially not coming back soon enough.

Well, the good news is that he’s back now, and he sounds like he’s ready to show the world what’s up. He’s all set to go against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 October 6. I hope he beats the hell out of Khabib. I hope McGregor enters the octagon, and just obliterates him. (SLIDESHOW: These Are The Greatest Ronda Rousey Photos On The Internet)


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Let’s just all be honest with ourselves here. McGregor is the king of the fight game, and there’s no debate about it. He’s got all the skills, he is the greatest hype man in the history of the UFC and he just draws eyeballs. In my mind, he’s the best thing to happen to the sports league ever.

His legend will only grow more when he knocks out Khabib.

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