Conor McGregor reveals major errors made in recent years, issues promising return update

Conor McGregor has lost three of his last five fights, one of which was a multi-million-pound boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr, in the last three years.

In the aftermath of each of defeat, questions were asked about his dedication to mixed martial arts and many began to wonder if the vast wealth he acquired in his memorable run to the top has changed his priorities.

On the surface, it would seem that Ireland’s first UFC champion is still very much focused on being the best mixed martial artist in the world.

He has, however, admitted to letting his new-found riches change his mindset.

“For so long, in my mid to late twenties when I started to acquire wealth and acquire money I was fascinated with materialistic things,” he said during an appearance on The Tony Robbins Podcast. “I would buy myself cars, watches. I have switched off of that.

“I realised I was spending things on material items and not on myself, my being, and my fitness. I’ve switched that completely.

“My nutritionist travels with me full-time, my doctors, my training partners, my coaches. I have a full team and it’s all for health, fitness and peak performance.

“We’ve got to be in shape. A trait of the successful is to wake up and train early.”

For so long, in my mid to late twenties when I started to acquire wealth and acquire money I was fascinated with materialistic things.

Conor McGregor

At this stage of his career, which is very much at a crossroads, McGregor is focused on being the best fighter he can be.

And as such, he’s adopted a new philosophy on his approach to training and recovery as he prepares for a potential return to the Octagon.

He said: “I read that LeBron James spends $1.5million (£1.2million) yearly on himself. Physical therapists, masseuse, nutritionists, all of that. When I saw that, I said, ‘I spend zero’.

“When a camp forms for a fight, I’ll gather a team of people, we go into the Vegas desert and lock ourselves away for ten weeks and do insanity work.

“It’s half-in, it’s not all-in. You certainly cannot be that way in the fight-game but in reality, you can’t be that way in any game you’re in.

“If you’re in a game, make sure you’re in it all the way and then that game will be your game. I’ve only taken this philosophy recently.”

Prior to his UFC 229 showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov, which he lost via fourth-round submission, McGregor hadn’t set foot inside the Octagon in over two years.

And in late March, he cast doubt over his future in mixed martial arts by announcing his retirement from the sport.

He’s seemingly performed a U-turn on his second hanging up of the gloves but has stopped short of officially declaring he is an active fighter.

But after having time to reflect on the mistakes he’s made, his desire to set foot inside the Octagon seems to have returned.

He said: “I’ve had dips, lapses in motivation, dips in commitment.

“But I’m figuring it all out and I’m in a good place.”

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