A fight is mental, not just physical and psychological warfare is absolutely part of that.
Be spontaneous, be creative, go out and have fun, let things happen naturally.
I am not talented. I am obsessed.
You sleep on a win and you'll wake up with a loss.
Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.
Clean fighting solves everything. It ends all bad blood and any ill feelings people have. That's my thoughts.
I just figured out that if I gave my all into this game -- if I put everything into the fight business -- then I would eventually run the fight business.
I'm going to change the way martial arts is viewed. I'm going to change the game. I'm going to change the way people approach fighting.
I think it's an Irish thing. We don't really care. We say it as we mean it, and you have to deal with it. The truth is the truth.
I'm interested in movement, and I'm interested in money, and I'm interested in the movement of money.
You might be tough, but you can only be so tough for so long, you know what I mean? The brain can only take so much damage. The body can only take so much damage.
I don't fight in chase of an individual. I hear this sometimes where fighters work their whole careers to reach a matchup with a certain individual. I do not think in that way.
There's people that tried to celebrate when I lost that got nothing to do with it. That's not the sign of a champion.
People like to blame others. I think a person should just look at their own situation, look around them, find out what they wish to do, and seek and go and do that. And that's it.
I am in the fighting game. I don't care about anything else. I don't watch the news, I don't care about politics, I don't care about other sports. I don't care about anything I don't need to care about. This is my sport: it is my life. I study it; I think about it all the time. Nothing else matters.
If you are surrounded by your competition and you are outworking these people, outmaneuvering these people, it's hard not to let your confidence take over. It just builds and builds and builds.
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.
Yes, sir, no, sir, clock in, clock out. Why were you late? Why are you not in today? That's not how humans are supposed to live.
'This guy's a clown! He's just all talk!' I've heard that many times in my career. And then they're sleeping in the middle of the octagon.
I enjoy competition. I enjoy challenges. If a challenge is in front of me and it appeals to me, I will go ahead and conquer it.
The game ain't always fair and that's the thing, though. You can play your heart out, everybody don't get a ring though.
There are people who have great skills, who do great things, but don't embody the whole animal that is the fight game like I do.
If I could bust out and eat anything... if I ever stop fighting, I could put on some serious weight with sweets.
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.
From the moment I open my eyes, I'm trying to free my body. I'm trying to get looser, more flexible, to gain control. Movement is medicine to me.
I have a deep, deep belief that if I tell you I'm going to crack you with a clean shot to the chin inside one minute of the first round and you will be unconscious, well, then that's what will happen.
I am not afraid of saying something and going and pursuing it. That's it. I see it in my mind. I say it out loud. I go and do it.
Getting enough protein is important when I train, to help build muscle and recover, so I'll supplement with protein shakes.
Everything I've been thinking, every vision, even down to every shot I throw, it just ends up here in reality. Whether it was in a fight and how to react or whether it was in a stadium with screaming fans or whether I was in a fancy car or the best clothes ever, I always put myself somewhere.
Power and speed aren't enough to overcome someone who is strategic, who knows what you'll do before you do it and can turn it on you; someone who is mentally engaged and combines the whole package.
If they let people go fight jiu-jitsu tournaments, they can't stop me going to fight a boxing fight.
Many people don't understand ring control. They think they do until they're against someone who really understands how to set traps, how to create holes in the octagon that they fall into.
People do what they think works for them, but the sport is about instinct, movement, balance, power... it's too animalistic to get rigid about your training.
I know I can hold two, maybe even three belts. So I have business to take care of back in and around my weight class.
I am not stupid. I am a very bright guy. I know that in the fighting game, you get people who get brain damage and do themselves long-term harm.
I'm focusing on me. I'm focusing on my family's security, my family's financial security, so that's all I can do.
I've learned new footwork patterns that are very unusual. I've learned how to find a lower centre of gravity, and I've found more angles to throw shots.
People say that I'm a boxer. I actually started with kick boxing, and then I moved onto boxing, and then I moved onto grappling.
I know I might rub people the wrong way sometimes, but I'm just a kid living my dream... I'm enjoying my life.
I mean I love movement. I mean the energy that comes from the way I move. We get energy from how we move. I mean the control I get from knowing everything about how my body feels and how it is working.
If you have a clear picture in your head of something that's going to happen... then nothing can stop it.
Cage Warriors is a brilliant organisation. They're doing great things for European MMA, and they're giving the platform for guys like me who came through. They're vital. I'm forever grateful for the opportunities I got.
I don't feel negative emotions. I feel calm, composed and ready. And as it goes on I get better at it. By the time the fight is on, I don't feel any emotions at all.
Nothing good ever comes from worrying or sitting there feeling sorry for yourself... Keep positive and keep pushing on and things will turn good.
It makes a difference when you've got more than two months versus two weeks to train for a particular opponent.
I don't really care. The whole division can hate me. The whole roster can hate me. The whole of America can hate me. I only need one American to love me. And that's Mr. Benjamin Franklin. As long as he loves me, I am good.
Boxing is going to have to catch up with the kind of things UFC is doing. They're getting left behind.
I am cocky in prediction, I am confident in preparation but I am always humble in victory or defeat.
I think we should all focus on who we are, what we want to do, and do it. That is my way. I don't know why anyone would want to do that politics stuff.
I studied every move, I became fascinated by thinking what I could have done differently. And I take that approach now as a professional. I am on it, all the time, never stop thinking, learning. You don't get to be world champion unless you do that.
Any top-level athlete, it's always the same. There's always that hint of arrogance there... It's hard to be humble when you're the best.
Ask José Mourinho, he wouldn't know a thing about me, my sport -- he knows football, and to get to high levels you have to be insane, nothing else means anything.
My family's lineage, we are warriors. The McGregor clan, we are warriors all through. We are famous all through the world for our fighting capabilities of all generations. So I have no doubt that's stood to me and that led me down this path and gave me what I have.
I want to negotiate what I'm worth. I want to put my analytics forward, man-to-man, and to be like, 'This is what I'm owed now. Pay me.' And then we can talk.
I've read a lot of books on the laws of attraction, and in my home I have a big book on Muhammad Ali, which I've read, because he is like a hero of mine, but other than that, no, I'm not a big reader.
I've read a lot of books on the laws of attraction, and in my home, I have a big book on Muhammad Ali, which I've read because he is, like, a hero of mine, but other than that, no, I'm not a big reader.
I love money because I've earned it. I won sixty G's with my first knockout -- and the week before, I was collecting social welfare.
My unpredictability is what separates me. If you move in so many ways, your opponent is not focused on what he's doing. He's focusing in on what you're doing, and it freezes him. When they freeze and you hit, they shatter like glass.
Yeah, the Mac Life... it's about sipping some tea, getting together with the knitting circle. You know I like origami, right? That's how you get to be notorious.
Not a lot of people or pros in this game know how to train correctly. That's why they don't have a long career. Their body gets banged up. They get into a rhythm of heavy sparring and heavy work, but through that, they're limiting movement.
The only time my records are going to be broken is by my own spawn. I'm going be training that child out the womb.
Life's a rollercoaster. You're up one minute; you're down one minute. But who doesn't like rollercoasters?
When you're faced with an opponent, the media asks the questions, and I answer truthfully. I don't hold back.
You beat him verbally. You beat him mentally, and then finally, you beat him physically. That's the three ways to beat a man.
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. Just keep going. I'm going to the stars and then past them.
People think hard sparring will get you sharp. And you do get sharp in the gym. But anytime I've trained that way, I've actually been a little bit flatter in the fight. And the knockout shot hasn't come. It's almost because my training has been too hard.
I wish everyone well, but you need to focus on yourself. You need to stop putting your hand out. Everyone wants hand outs. Everyone wants things for free. You've got to put in the work. You've got to grind. You've got go through the struggle, and you've got to get it.
You might win some, you might lose some. But you go in, you challenge yourself, you become a better man, a better individual, a better fighter.
It's not really that much big of a deal -- you brush it off and you come back. Defeat is the secret ingredient to success.
At the end of the day you gotta feel some way. So why not feel unbeatable? Why not feel untouchable.
There's no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equal as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that is that. I am not talented, I am obsessed.
I have visualised my imagination so clearly and so consistently that it has manifested itself into my reality.
There's people that focus on the game and forget about the art. There's that specific special individual that can do both.
My dream is to be World Lightweight Champion in the UFC. Have more money than I know what to do with. And have a great life for my kids, grandkids, and everyone in my family.
When I prepare, I am not messing around. I find the right places, the right people, and the right environment. Iceland is one of those places.
I used to imagine it. I used to pretend that my Peugeot driving to the gym in the rain in Dublin was a Ferrari on the Vegas strip. And now that I have that? I can't even describe that feeling. That's why I like the best -- the best cars, the best food, the best watches.
I used to pretend that my Peugeot driving to the gym in the rain in Dublin was a Ferrari on the Vegas strip.
I'm just a kid that defied the odds. I'm just a kid that ignored the doubt. I'm just a kid from a little place in Dublin, Ireland, that went all the way, and I'm going to continue to go all the way.
I pursue this dream and carry on. I don't dwell too much on the outside, I just focus on the inside.
There's two things I really like to do and that's whoop ass and look good. I'm doing one of them right now and on Saturday night, I'm doing the other.
Have fun, that's what it's all about. People get stressed over it... Let competition eat them up. That's not me, I just get in and have fun. That's what I'm here to do: Have fun and make some money doing it.
There's no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equals as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that's that. I am not talented. I am obsessed.