Conor McGregor promises to deliver a magical performance on his upcoming return to the Octagon.
Things did not go as planned when he challenged Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title back in October 2018 as he was defeated by way of submission.
It was his second consecutive loss in two years, which was marred with controversy after a post-fight brawl ensued that kept McGregor out of action for six months.
Now, it looks like the former two-division champion has all the motivations to reclaim his glory days.
He is setting his sights to bigger things such as capturing the ‘BMF’ belt from Jorge Masvidal and the welterweight championship from Kamaru Usman.
On top of these things, he wants to avenge his loss to Nurmagomedov and become the king of lightweights again.
And for McGregor, there is no better way to kick off a new journey than ‘creating magic inside the Octagon.’
On Saturday, the Irish star will take on Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246 in Las Vegas, Nevada as the most prestigious mixed martial arts competition returns from a one month of hiatus.
Beating Cerrone would not be an easy task for McGregor.
But ‘The Notorious’ has vowed to give a performance that is ‘something special.’
“I appreciate Donald, I have to say. He’s fought a lot of times since the last time I saw him, at the (Jose) Aldo press conference many, many years ago.”
“He’s gone on and fought so many times. He’s also a family man, with his grandmother and these things. I appreciate that.”
“And I also appreciate his method he went about it, with the Proper whiskey. So much work goes into these things – to see that bit of respect, I appreciate that. I look forward to having a good bout.”
“It’s going to be a good night, and I’m going to shine here on Jan. 18.”
“I’m going to create magic inside the octagon, like I have done many times before. But this time it’s going to be something special,” he told ESPN (via MMA Junkie).
“I’d Beat Him”
While many fans fear he might gas out against Cerrone, McGregor does not regret building more muscles and taking the fight at 170 pounds.
“I know, I could have (made his life more difficult).”
“I just don’t think he looks well at 155. He’s a 170 fighter. I’d beat him at any weight. I’d beat him if I had the flu. I don’t need that.”
“I just want to focus on my training and keep me sharp. I don’t want to cut and then build and then cut. I’m happy where I’m at.”
In fact, he plans to stay active fighting at welterweight given the number of options he could explore in this weight class.
“I like 170. I like what’s going on in the 170 division at the minute. You’ve got Jorge with that (‘BMF’) belt, you’ve got the other guys fighting for the belt.”
“I like all of what’s going on at 170, and I feel good at 170. I feel energetic – it’s what I weigh, and that’s it.”
“It opens up so many more options, right?”
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/ Conor McGregor)