With a few well timed punches, Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor will say goodbye to his days of welfare and hello to the luxuries of being a UFC fighter after a successful debut in Sweden where he earned $60 thousand with knockout of the night honor.
In a post fight news conference the Dublin based fighter explained, "Just last week I was collecting the social welfare. I was in there saying to them, 'I don't know what's going to happen. I'm signed to the UFC. I don't know. Blah, blah, blah.' Now I suppose I'm just going to have to tell them (expletive) off."
McGregor earned $60 thousand in just over a minute when a flurry of punches dazed opponent Marcus Brimage to the point that the referrer stopped the fight. Luckily for McGregor, the UFC appreciates excitement in combat. UFC president Dana White was just one dazzled by the 24 year old McGregor, "Let me put it this away: I'm blown away. First of all, it's his first fight ever in the UFC. He walked out tonight and got into the Octagon like it was his 100th fight in the UFC. From the minute it all started, he was nice and relaxed. He moved around. Even after he gets the knockout, it's like he's been here before and done it 100 times. Kid is totally relaxed. He's a beast. I'm impressed."
McGregor stayed true to his roots as he hoped the win will bring the UFC back to Dublin. Only one UFC event, UFC 93 at the O2 arena in Dublin, has been in Ireland but McGregor explains, "The Irish love this sport. It was great to see all the Irish lads out there. It was unbelievable. Hopefully that persuades Dana to come back to Dublin. There's some great fighters over in our area. Hopefully we get a show out of this."
As for his own interests, McGregor explains how he plans to further his career that already includes 13 wins, 12 knockouts and 2 loses.
"I've just got to keep busy. Competition keeps me focused. Anytime I don't have competition ahead of me, I just seem to drift. So I want to be kept busy, and that's it. Whatever, wherever and whenever.”
The poise fighter went on to explain, "I'll go either 145 or 155, whatever's available. I stay ready so I don't have to get ready, you know? So whatever's there, I'll take. I need a couple more weeks for featherweight, of course, but I'll take lightweight, as well, no problem."
Forget the blarney! What it actually costs to live in Ireland