UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor is as brash as they come. The Irish sensation burst onto the mixed martial arts scene just a few years ago and is now set to headline the biggest event of the year at UFC 194 against Jose Aldo in a title unification bout.
Part of what makes McGregor so great is his unrivaled self belief and confidence, along with his no fear attitude.
There was no greater example of McGregor’s mindset than what we saw in a recent profile with Esquire Magazine. McGregor is not afraid when he enters the Octagon and he is willing to go to great lengths in order to come away with the win.
McGregor has not lost since 2010 — which was the first and only loss of his career — and that feeling has stuck with him.
“That ate me alive,” he said. “After that, I said I was going to fight to the death. You’re going to have to kill me.”
That attitude has allowed McGregor to come all other obstacles that have come in his way on his rise to the top. But perhaps most interesting is that McGregor is willing to fight for the death even if that is something he does not believe in.
“Even in death, they say your vision, you can see everything,” he noted. “It’s almost like you’re evolving to the next stage. It’s like a different plane of existence, just another form of movement, now we’re moving through the f***ing universe or I don’t know what the f***. Think of what’s out there.”
Hearing that come from McGregor really opens your eyes.
If you are not afraid to push yourself beyond your physical limits and have no fear of what would happen if you go to far, you view everything as a learning experience.
And, in life, experience is all that really matters. Life experience is the greatest victory of all.
So, while McGregor may not come away with the title on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas, he knows that he is going to do everything in his power to get that belt and he will have no fear of where that will take him.
That’s the mindset of a champion.
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