‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor planned a great run in the year 2020 but things didn’t go in the way he planned. Conor had a great start for the year by knocking out Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds.
This produced one of the highest pay-per-views buyouts for the year 2020. In his recent interview with Ariel Helwani, when he was asked about whom to blame for his plans not getting worked rightly.
Conor says, “As always we focus on the positive side, I had a great 2020. I had a great performance. I opened the show. Highest pay-per-view. Highest gate. Fastest main event knockout. An extravagant blockbuster event that set the UFC off on a trailblazing run.”
“And I’m very happy about that, very proud of that. As you said, I was satisfied but not overly satisfied, I was ready to continue. It didn’t go that way. It is what it is. I still have that inside of me now, I’m still ready to go.”
“There was a lot of talks about me coming back, I was so eager to come back. I wanted to come back, The Tuesday after the fight against Cerrone I had that meeting with Lorenzo and Dana and the conversation was ‘What do we do now, what’s next? What was the next bout?’”
“We couldn’t had not got the answer at that dinner. And it just didn’t come to fruition. I was eager, I was trying to get things moving, and it just didn’t happen with all the circumstances surrounding it, the year, and what went down. It just went the way it went and it is what it is.”
Conor tells his retirement came out of frustration
In the mid of 2020, Conor McGregor announced his retirement from UFC and he told that it came out of frustration. Conor added, “It was out of frustration, When you’re trying to get things moving and it’s just not happening … you’re getting shelved, it felt like I was shelved almost.”
“I felt like if I’d been run out a couple more times that year, not only would my skillset and sharpness be in tune more, we’re also talking 800 million in revenue for the company.”
“It was certainly out of frustration, but it is what it is, the past is the past, I felt like I got what I needed to get off my chest, and I felt like it’s been reciprocated well and the other side has come back as well. So I’m in a great spot and I’m excited to come back, and that’s what we’re focusing on: the positive side of it and the future.”