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.
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.
I'm interested in movement, and I'm interested in money, and I'm interested in the movement of money.
I believe in believing. My coach John Kavanagh is a big atheist, and he is always trying to persuade people to his way of thinking, and I think, 'What a waste of energy.' If people want to believe in this god or that god, that's fine by me; believe away. But I think we can be our own gods. I believe in myself.
Life is about growing and improving and getting better.
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 more you seek the uncomfortable, the more you will become comfortable.
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.
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.
When I say something's going to happen, it's going to happen.
My preparation is about precision. It is a science.
I'm just looking to learn, grow, stay focused, and become a better fighter and a better athlete.
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.
If you deserve it, go get it.
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'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.
My success isn't a result of arrogance - it's a result of belief.
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.
I'll die a crazy old man!
Why go through life if you're not going to challenge yourself?
I guess I have a little bit of an ego. I'm confidently cocky, you might say.
I break orbital bones.
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.
When I am free to train and free to move, I feel like a gorilla in the jungle. Then, when there are a bunch of media obligations, I feel like I have been captured and am being kept on display.
I used to pretend that my Peugeot driving to the gym in the rain in Dublin was a Ferrari on the Vegas strip.
Posture for combat is so vital.
To do anything to a high level, it has to be total obsession.
It's good to make your brain work more than your body.
I'm just trying to be myself. I'm not trying to be anyone else.
We're the only animal that wakes up and doesn't stretch.
I think I am the greatest fighter in any class. I know I can hold two, maybe even three belts.
My goal is to be number one in MMA.
The thing about the truth is, not a lot of people can handle it.
Trash talk? Smack talk? This is an American term that makes me laugh. I simply speak the truth. I'm an Irish man.
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 don't feel bitterness, I don't feel anger towards anybody. Fighting is never emotional to me.
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.
Boxing is limited fighting with a specific rule set. Fighting is true, where you can do anything.
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.
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.
When you're faced with an opponent, the media asks the questions, and I answer truthfully. I don't hold back.
Nobody is my boss.
Ritual is another word for fear, manifested in a different way.
I have a self-defense mind. I've had it all my life.
I carry the flag of Ireland all the time. I want to represent my country.
Competition gives me energy. It keeps me focused.
There is definitely an addiction to money that I have.
I'm in the game of spinning plates. I'm spinning a boxing plate. I'm spinning a Tae Kwon Do plate. I'm spinning a Jujitsu plate. I'm spinning a freestyle wrestling plate. I'm spinning a karate plate. If I was to put all them down and have one boxing plate spinning, it would be like a load off my shoulders.
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 always put myself out there. I'm not afraid to commit to something.
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.
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.
When I do something, I do it full steam ahead.
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.
What it's like to be me? You know, it's good to be me. My life is good.
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.
You beat him verbally. You beat him mentally, and then finally, you beat him physically. That's the three ways to beat a man.
There's many ups and downs in the fight game.
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.
A good feeling for me is when you train, and then you put on fresh clothes. New clothes after a training session - you have this rush of endorphins from exercise that everybody gets, and then you get that nice feeling of fresh clothes. It's a double whammy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What someone else does or doesn't do has no effect on me and what I do.
I see fighters make funny videos about me and stick them on Facebook and get 20 likes. When I make a video, I sell it to Fox and make seven figures. That's the difference.
At 155, I will be the same animal, an even better animal.
Muhammad Ali is a legend, a hero of mine.
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.
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.
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.
We come bulletproof in Ireland. We're reared tough, and we fight.
I run New York City!
I want to be financially secure by the time I have kids.
Glutes are power.
It could be if I fight in front of one person or one million people. It's still the same emotions.
There are a lot of people who don't know me and what I am all about.
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.
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 mixed martial arts way of life will give you focus.
If I hit a man, his head is gonna go into the bleachers.
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.
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 don't feel that emotion is a good thing to have in combat. You must be cold.
I like to look good, my friend.
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.
People are so caught in a routine, doing the same things over and over.
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'd love to go into WWE and have a real knock and see what's what.
The left paw has done me well over the years. I'm not a scientist, I'm a martial artist.
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'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.
Even when I was a kid, everything I had was the best.
I sleep people. I put people unconscious. I'm stating facts.
'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.
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.
Clean fighting solves everything. It ends all bad blood and any ill feelings people have. That's my thoughts.
I always teach myself calm and visualization stuff.
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.
I will fight in many weight divisions.