I like to look good, my friend.
Even when I was a kid, everything I had was the best.
I’ve always felt like there was a lot of hype around me even when there wasn’t.
I felt like everyone was talking about me even when no one was talking about me.
I have a self-defense mind. I’ve had it all my life.
We come bulletproof in Ireland. We’re reared tough, and we fight.
I never got into training to be an All-Ireland boxing champ or to win a belt.
At the start, I just got into it to learn how to defend myself when I got into situations.
When I do something, I do it full steam ahead.
When I am free to train and free to move, I feel like a gorilla in the jungle.
I train and I go home, and when I’m home, I think about training. That’s my life every day, and that’s it.
Life is about growing and improving and getting better.
A good feeling for me is when you train, and then you put on fresh clothes.
It’s a double whammy.
The mixed martial arts way of life will give you focus.
I always teach myself calm and visualization stuff.
I knew I’d be in the UFC since I started my career. Competition gives me energy. It keeps me focused.
I don’t feel bitterness, I don’t feel anger towards anybody. Fighting is never emotional to me.
I take inspiration from everyone and everything.
I’m inspired by current champions, former champions, true competitors, people dedicated to their dream, hard workers, dreamers, believers, achievers.
I don’t feel pressure in a negative way. I like pressure.
I feel excitement and calm at the same time.
No pressure, no diamonds. I want pressure: pressure creates drama, creates emotion.
What can I say? I’m a talker.
Trash talk? This is an American term that makes me laugh. I simply speak the truth.
I’m an Irish man. I carry the flag of Ireland all the time. I want to represent my country.
I’m just trying to be myself. I’m not trying to be anyone else.
I guess I have a little bit of an ego. I’m confidently cocky, you might say.
My success isn’t a result of arrogance – it’s a result of belief.
When I say something’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.
The thing about the truth is, not a lot of people can handle it.
I’m going to change the game.
I don’t look at a man who’s expert in one area as a specialist. I look at him as a rookie in ten other areas.
I’m going to change the way martial arts is viewed. I’m going to change the way people approach fighting.
I have the greatest job in the world…
I get paid loads of cash for beating the crap out of people.
And I’m very good at it.
There is definitely an addiction to money that I have. I didn’t have money before this.
I was collecting 188 Euro a week off the social welfare. And now here I am, with like 60 G’s bonus and then my own pay.
I don’t know what the F’s going on to be honest, right?
There’s many ups and downs in the fight game.
That’s what I do this for, to secure my family’s future. I don’t care about anything else.
I’m able to spoil people, and that’s the best thing.
I’m not going to get somewhere and say, ‘OK, I’m done.’
Success is never final; I’ll just keep on going.
The same way as failure never being fatal.
I’m going to the stars and then past them.
See yas later, yeah?
All quotes in this article came from Conor McGregor, no wording was changed.