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Saturday 10 December 2016

Conor McGregor - 'I don't know what I'd do if I wasn't a fighter'

Conor McGregor with Hector O hEochagain and John Kavanagh, Conor's trainer at the Wright Venue in Swords. Picture: Arthur Carron
Conor McGregor with Hector O hEochagain and John Kavanagh, Conor's trainer at the Wright Venue in Swords. Picture: Arthur Carron

Conor McGregor has said he “wouldn’t have a clue” what he’d be doing if he wasn’t a UFC fighter, adding that the sport has changed his life.

He was speaking to fans in Swords, only seven weeks before the biggest fight of his life, the title clash with Jose Aldo in Las Vegas.

“This game changed my life. It kept me grounded, it kept me on the correct path – it’s easy to drift off. Even if I did drift off, it allowed me to come back,” McGregor told Hector O hEoch-

again during an interview at the Wright Venue.

“I haven’t a clue what I’d be doing if I wasn’t doing this – I’m so deep in it and so lost in it that I don’t know life outside of this.”

McGregor (27) is hoping to change some other lives too, and is donating €50,000 raised from his speaking tour of Ireland to help the homelessness crisis in his native Dublin.

“This is a big problem in our country, especially around Christmas when the weather turns,” he said.

“It seems like every year it almost gets put under the spotlight and amplified when people are dropping dead.”

McGregor highlighted the Simon Community medical truck that would be funded for a year as “a real life-saver – they can get their blankets and they can get their food and what not, but if they’re not getting medical treatment that’s when bad things can happen”.

Saying that he is glad to be home, he added: “I train better, I eat better, I sleep better, the air is better, the food is better, the butter is better – this country is unbelievable.

“I was happy to realise what I had at home, as a lot of people don’t get that.”

His coach, John Kavanagh, predicted McGregor may hang up his gloves in three years’ time, saying: “If the goals are met, I’d say he’ll retire when he’s 30 or 31.”

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