It’s been almost 11 months ever since we last saw former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor inside the Octagon. The last time he stepped inside the cage was against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on October 6 in Las Vegas.
In between that period, McGregor retired from the sport and then said he wants to come back, then attacked an elderly man inside a bar in Dublin and now the Irishmen has announced that he can never retire from the sport on ESPN.
He said that he was inspired by Urijah Faber, Nate Diaz and Stipe Miocic who returned inside the Octagon after a long layoff and still managed to win inside the cage.
“I took great motivation from watching Nate go out there and do his thing,” McGregor said. “Even looking at Nate, there is many things that were amazing about that whole performance (to) me from Nate.
“One of the one’s that most stood out to me was what he said post-fight: ‘The Nick Diaz army.’ He gave a shoutout to his brother. I hope his brother is doing well. I hope Nick is doing well. A solider of the real fight game. He gave him respect right off the bat. That’s why the fans love Nate. That’s why I love and respect Nate.
Even now with the cannabis strain he’s coming out with. I hope he’s got his business mind screwed on because he’s in a position now where he could also make a generational like I have. I hope to see that. These are the things I’m just looking at and taking motivation from to use in my game and push me forward.”
“Look at (how) Stipe Miocic came back after a knockout loss,” McGregor said. “Won the title against the man who knocked him out. There are so many stories of this, over and over again. And mine is going to be the greatest one of all. And that’s what I’m aiming for.
“Even Urijah Faber, a former foe/friend of mine. He came back at 40 years of age. The game is far from over for me. And I’m very, very excited. I had a little road bump… I’m just trying to find that balance. And get motivated again. I’m looking for inspiration everywhere.” McGregor continued. (h/t – MMAJunkie.com)