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Seven Questions for Conor McGregor

Seven Questions for UFC Fighter Conor McGregor
By Paul Szydelko, Vegas Seven

Why did you choose MMA over, say, football, in Ireland?

As a young boy, there were just two things that were really important: Can you play football and can you fight? In the early days I used to play football, and I was obsessed. I’d kick the ball and run off and celebrate, visualizing I was scoring a goal in a stadium. As I ventured outside my [Dublin neighborhood], I started meeting more people and as a young boy you get into fights, and I realized it’s really important to be able to defend yourself. Self-defense is why I got started, and then, of course, it becomes an obsession. You realize, hang on a minute, running around and kicking a ball into a goal—that’s not a man’s sport. Fighting, pure combat, is true sport to me. That is a true test of will and mental strength, and that took over my life.

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