Conor McGregor

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We're not here to take part; we're here to take over.
I'm going to change the way martial arts is viewed. I'm going to change the game.

Conor Anthony McGregor (Irish: Conchúr Antóin Mac Gréagóir born 14 July 1988) is an Irish professional mixed martial artist who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is a former UFC Lightweight and Featherweight champion.






  • We're not here just to take part; we're here to take over.
  • One thing about martial arts: People can say this fight game is dangerous and its brutal but my mind is strong. I'm fit in body and mind and that's something that not a lot of other careers can give to a person.
  • You're damn right I'm in it to make money. This is prizefighting, I'm in it to get rich; fast. And then I'm in it to get out... I'm in the business of securing my own future, my family's future, and that's it. That's what I'm in it for. The fight game doesn't last long, competitive fighting doesn't last long. Learning martial arts, and training, is for life because that's medication to me so I will do that forever. But, as far as the fight game, I'm in it to get all the money, all the belts, and then I'm gone.
  • I am cocky in prediction, I am confident in preparation but I am always humble in victory or defeat.
  • Of course I want that gold belt. Don’t tell me that gold belt sitting up here right now on this table would not look great along side this ivory, elephant-trunk suit that I have got on me right now. It would look perfect.
  • I love proving people wrong and proving my supporters right. This is all fun and games to me. I love it. I love my job. I whoop people for truckloads of cash. How could I hate this life? I love it so much. I’m grateful every single day.
  • Prizefighting is short. Get in. Get rich. Get out. But martial arts is for life. It's for life.
  • Business is business. It’s never personal. It can be cruel, it can be ruthless, but it is never personal.
  • 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.


  • It’s tradition. I remove a head, I bring it backstage, I place it on Mr. Fertitta and Mr. White’s desk. "Here you go boss. Another one done." And then we discuss big business.
  • I lost my mind in this Vincent van Gogh. He dedicated his life to his craft and lost his mind in the process. That's happening to me. But, fuck it. When that gold belt is around my waist, when my mother has a big mansion, when my girlfriend has a different car for every day of the week, when my kids' kids have everything they ever want, then it will pay.
  • For [Aldo] to say he is the king and I am the joker, if this was a different time, I would invade his favela on horseback and kill anyone that was not fit to work. But we are in a new time. So I'll whoop his ass in July.
  • The featherweights must beg now. They must beg for pardon, beg for forgiveness. If that's the case, if they apologize and beg, I'll leave the division. I won't terrorize them anymore. They can have their division back. They can go back to being on the prelims and I'll go to the lightweight division.
  • Trash talk? Smack talk? This is an American term that makes me laugh. I simply speak the truth. I'm an Irish man. We don't give a fuck about feelings. We'll tell you the truth. People ask me a question about somebody, I tell them the truth. I don't have anything bad to say about Jose Aldo. It's pretty plain and simple. His time is up. It's done. There's somebody ruthless coming to get him. There's somebody cold coming to get him. I can look at him dead in the eye and say, It's done. You're over now. You're a champion that nobody gave a fuck about. Nobody cared about him before I came along. Nobody cared about the division before I came along. He's a decision machine. He can barely finish his dinner, never mind his opponent. And he's fought bums. He's fought little small bantamweights and he still can't put them away. Now he's coming in against a monster of a featherweight who hits like a truck. It's over for him. I don't need to say jackshit else. July is a wrap. It's inevitable.
  • I'm the money fight in the male shit at all divisions so fuck everybody else
  • I can make you rich. I'll change your bum life. You fight me, it's a celebration. When you sign to fight me, it's a celebration. You ring back home, you ring your wife, "Baby, we've done it. We're rich baby. Conor McGregor made us rich. Break out the red panties."
  • I know where my allegiance lies and what I do for my country. I don't need a stupid little flower with a 100 different meanings to tell me if I do or do not represent my country. Check the facts of its original meaning. ALL soldiers. ALL wars. I have the blood of many nations on my gloves. Fought and beat on the world stage. You have a pint in your hand and a Celtic jersey on in your local. Fuck you and the Queen.
  • I just want to swing a few lefts and a few rights for a couple of hundred mill in peace.


  • Me and Jesus are cool. I'm cool with all the gods. Gods recognize gods.
  • You can talk about your wins and losses but at the end of the day, you’ve tasted that darkness of being KO’d stiff, and you will taste it again on March 5th.
  • Why would I want to train at that bum gym? I train with my own people, I have since day one. That man needs to get his facts straight before I roll in there and buy that gym.
  • Steaks every day for me. Steaks for breakfast. Steaks for lunch. Steaks for brunch. Grass-fed, massaged beef. All day long.
  • I think Floyd needs to learn before he opens his mouth. You don't put a man like me in a situation like that. You know, you put me in a name that's got to do with prejudice when you know nothing about me. I am a multi-cultured individual. I take from all cultures. Look at me. I am a product of many cultures as a young, Irish man. I know he wasn't saying that I am that person, but it put me in that bracket and I did not appreciate that one bit. There's people buried in the desert for less than that so Floyd needs to understand before he speaks who he is speaking about and that is as simple as that.
  • This is a superfight. I look up at that poster and I see myself tucked in the back there. I see a guy who has..his last gate was $1.7 million, he fought on free tv. He's never brought a dime to the company, he's never made a dime, yet he is sitting there on the front of my poster. I think that's a department that needs to be looked at, somebody is sleeping on the job.
  • On March 5, I will behead Rafael dos Anjos. I will drag his head through the streets of Rio de Janeiro, through a parade of people I'd imagine. It will become a national holiday also I would imagine.
  • I am in a league of my own. The game is on it's knees. The game must hold seminars every weekend to pay for their training costs and I'm out here rallying around California in a car that spits fire, dressed like El Chapo, with anacondas on my feet. So, I am in a league of my own here, ahead of everyone in the game by a country mile.
  • I make no excuses. It is what is it. I came up short. I took a chance, it didn't pay off. I'll be back.
  • It's a tough pill to swallow but we can either run from adversity or we can face our adversity head on and conquer it. And that's what I plan to do.

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