“…I don’t care about nothing else, I don’t know about nothing else…”

From his previous interviews, I always got a sense that Conor McGregor was a true student of the fight game. But this documentary reveals just how much he has devoted his life to fighting and to MMA. As the camera follows him around, you realize that he doesn’t do anything else other than train, train, and train. He does the UFC media obligations. And then he trains some more. Where ever he travels to, he will find a gym and train there.

The documentary begins with the fight against Marcus Brimage and follows Conor McGregor in his preparation for the fight against Max Holloway. We see the deep relationship he has with John Kavanagh and his training at SBG. We are also invited into Conor McGregory’s home and meet his mother and father who give and interesting background on Conor that we haven’t seen in any Countdown or feature shows.

At 2.30 of the documentary, there is a short monologue from Conor where you can’t help but respect his love of his craft. “These UFC gloves, the first Irish man to lace these up and get in and do the job. Honestly, no one can take that away from me. I don’t mean to be disrespectful but I don’t care about nothing else, I don’t know about nothing else. I mean don’t listen to me when I’m talking about something else. Just don’t listen, I’m talking shit. But if I talk about this, if I talk about unarmed combat, if I talk about the human anatomy, the way the human body moves, then listen.”

What makes me admire Conor even more is not his thirst to learn more, but the way he processes the information. He doesn’t seek to remember or to repeat and regurgitate. He immediately makes it his own. He is able to internalize what he learned, own it, and blend it into his ever-expanding repertoire of skills. I believe that Conor’s ability to learn and internalize things, is actually what makes him dangerous. He doesn’t seek to do something the way he is taught or the way someone else does it. He seeks to do it his own way.

Unfortunately, the documentary leaves me curious about the way that Conor studies and trains to be able to develop such a good understanding of the human anatomy – as he claims. Perhaps it’s just from sparring, perhaps from endless GSP-type repetition. Either way, we learn that Conor McGregor is a man devoted to his craft. Almost like a Shokunin. Conor McGregor seeks to be a master, a master of fighting.  This is why I believe he deserves to be Champion. This is why I believe he deserves the fame and the attention that he gets. This is why I believe in Conor McGregor.

 

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