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Conor McGregor spoke in length to ESPN regarding his future in the UFC and the trouble he has found himself in recently.
Conor McGregor hasn’t fought in the UFC since last October but his antics outside the cage continue to keep him in the news. Recently McGregor was involved in a fight inside a Dublin pub where video showed McGregor punching a man in the head. McGregor has been hesitant to speak publically regarding the incident, until Thursday afternoon when he was interview by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. Mcgregor spoke about the video and more.
“In reality, it doesn’t matter what happened there,” McGregor said. “I was in the wrong. That man should be able to enjoy his time in the pub without having it to end the way it did. I tried to make amends and I made amends back then, it still that does not even matter. I was in the wrong. That is not the attitude or the behavior of a leader martial artist, of a champion. I must get my head screwed on and get back in the game.”
Over the last year, McGregor has announced his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts while continuing to tease a comeback. UFC president Dana White continues to express his feeling that McGregor will return to the cage eventually. To this McGregor cleared up his intentions to return.
“You don’t understand the things that go on behind the scenes,” McGregor explained. “Retirement, I don’t think I will ever retire from this game. Never in my life, I will be fighting until the day I go out. I want my world title back, I want redemption. The camp was incorrect. Knowing the commitment I had in that camp and the performance I put on. But I’m not going to wait around, whoever, if you are asking me who, whoever.”
When asked if he thinks he will return this year, McGregor said he thinks that can be done. He may be waiting to see how the title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier plays out in September. Although McGregor has been inactive it would not be out of the question for him to return to a title bout.