Despite absorbing a nasty fourth-round submission defeat to Khabib in his much-anticipated comeback, Conor McGregor is still UFC’s most followed celebrity.
Now that the former two-division champion is back in the game, a lot has been said about what could be next for the Irish superstar. Various opponents are calling him out and are suggesting who he should fight next, but an interesting rumour is currently shocking MMA fans.
— ITV (@ITV) October 18, 2018
Conor is being linked with appearing on I’m A Celebrity, a British reality show where personalities get stranded in Costa Rica to fight for their survival. According to reports from The Mirror, bookmakers have incredibly slashed odds on the MMA star entering the show.
‘The Notorious’ joins Ronnie O’Sullivan, Danny Dyer and Aaron Chalmers on the list of stars rumoured to appear on the ITV1 series. Is Conor really heading Down Under next month for this year’s episode?
Ladbrokes spokesperson Jess Bridges stated:
“McGregor’s faced a fair few snakes in UFC, so the celebrity jungle should be a breeze for the Irishman.”
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Thoughts on my last fight. Round 1. I believe from a sport standpoint, round 1 was his. Top position against the fence. Zero position advancement or damage inflicted. But top position. From a fight standpoint the first round is mine. Actual shots landed and a willingness to engage. Straight left early. Knee to the head on the low shot. Elbows in any and all tie up scenarios. Opponent just holding the legs against the fence for almost the entire round. Round 2 he is running away around the cage before being blessed with a right hand that changed the course of the round, and the fight. It was a nice shot. After the shot I bounced back up to engage instantly, but again he dipped under to disengage. That is the sport and it was a smart move that led to a dominant round, so no issue. Well played. If I stay switched on and give his stand up even a little more respect, that right hand never gets close and we are talking completely different now. I gave his upright fighting no respect in preparation. No specific stand up spars whatsoever. Attacking grapplers/wrestlers only. That won’t happen again. I also gave my attacking grappling no respect. To defense minded. Lessons. Listen to nobody but yourself on your skill set. You are the master of your own universe. I am the master of this. I must take my own advice. Round 3. After the worst round of my fighting career, I come back and win this round. Again walking forward, walking him down, and willing to engage. Round 4. My recovery was not where it could have been here. That is my fault. Although winning the early exchanges in 4, he dips under again and I end up in a bad position with over 3 on the clock. I work to regain position and end up upright, with my back to the fence. A stable position. Here however, I made a critical error of abandoning my over hook at this crucial time, exposing the back, and I end up beaten fair and square. What can I say? It was a great fight and it was my pleasure. I will be back with my confidence high. Fully prepared. If it is not the rematch right away, no problem. I will face the next in line. It’s all me always, anyway. See you soon my fighting fans I love you all ❤
Break from Fighting
After UFC 226 main event, all hell broke loose when Khabib flew to the crowd to confront a cornerman while his teammate allegedly attacked McGregor inside the cage. Another footage then emerged showing how the Dubliner actually started the riot.
Days after the post-fight fracas, NSAC served both of them an indefinite suspension, effective until the investigation to the brawl is completed. Also, the Irishman is banned from fighting for a month on medical grounds.
That would free up the possibility of the multi-millionaire to pursue other career avenues – although he doesn’t particularly see himself as the celebrity people are claiming him to be. In an interview with GQ magazine in 2017, he said:
“People think I’m a celebrity. I’m not a celebrity. I break people’s faces for money and bounce.”
Fighters are no stranger to the British reality show. David Haye, Chris Eubank and Amir Khan have all enjoyed success on I’m a Celeb in the past.
Though the Notorious haven’t said a single word on this rumour, isn’t it fun to see him enter the jungle for a change?
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