Video: McGregor Talks At Length About His “Publicized Civil War” With The UFC

On Sunday, reigning UFC Featherweight Champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor opened up with ESPN about what he is calling a “publicized civil war” he has been having with UFC management.

As McGregor explained, there was a lot going on, and all he really wanted to do was properly train for a 170-pound immediate rematch with the first man to beat him inside the Octagon, Nate Diaz.

“I was in a time where I was like, figuring out something,” McGregor said. “I didn’t just shut out and say no to everything. I just wanted to do reasonable media, and then, hey, all of a sudden, ‘Conor, it’s three months from the fight, we’ve got to drag you (onto) 40-hour flights to come and do a runaround, New York, Vegas, California, 70 press conferences, 70 talk shows, adverts, all of this,’ and it’s like, I already made you $400 million last week. That was only last week, that fight. I need to get right.”

McGregor continued, “That’s how it all came about. I just wanted to focus and I was deep in the process, and especially at that particular moment, I just wanted a little bit more time. I didn’t shut it off completely. Reasonable media, is what I said. I said I would do New York. I said I would do everything else after that. I just needed another little bit to set myself, and then the lack of communication, they weren’t having it. They were trying to push back on me, I was trying to push back on them, and look, it blew up then.”

UFC’s reigning 145-pound champion would go on, explaining that at the start he was basically having some fun, but things got a bit out of hand.

“I’ll tell you what, it blew up,” McGregor said. “I was just kind of having fun at the start. It was kind of half-hearted, and then it just went [crazy], and now all of a sudden you’re off UFC 200, and I was like, ‘alright, well f*ck you too then.’ It was fun. Seeing it all blow up like that, it was amusing for a while.

“There were times when I was … seeing the press conferences take place, and I was like, ah, I should’ve just jumped on the damn flight. I should’ve just stuck it out and went with it. But sometimes you’ve gotta do what’s right for you, and not do what’s right for everybody else — and especially if you’ve done what’s right for everybody else a million times over, you should have the right to be able to do what’s right for you sometimes. That’s what I felt.”

According to “The Notorious” one, he left things between he and the UFC “in a good place.”

“I’m committed to the fight game,” McGregor said. “I enjoy competition. I enjoy challenges. So, if a challenge is in front of me, and it appeals to me, then I will go and I will conquer it. I’m open to challenges. I enjoy fighting, period.”

H/T to MMAFighting.com for transcribing the above Conor McGregor quotes.

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