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McGregor: ‘If I wasn’t here, this whole ship goes down’

Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Nate Diaz in a welterweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 202 on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor knows he stands in a unique position as part of the UFC roster, and he has no qualms in letting everybody know it.

“Listen, everyone in this game does what the f*ck they’re told. Everyone but me, because I run this game,” McGregor said leading up to UFC 205, via MMA Fighting. “So I don’t give a f*ck about all of that. They told you you’re on the prelims, you’re on the f*cking prelims. They told you to fight, now you’re on the f*cking Fight Night. Nobody has no say in this but me. I’m the only one who can say anything about anything. Everyone else does what they’re told, and rightfully f*cking so.

“I run this whole sh*t. I run New York. I’m the reason we’re even here in the first place. I’m the reason this whole thing is happening. If I wasn’t here, this whole ship goes down. And that’s the truth. That’s facts. There’s no one else out there. There’s no one but me.”

At UFC 205, McGregor has the chance to become the first UFC fighter to ever hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously when he takes on lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. He is only the second fighter to be granted the opportunity after B.J. Penn at UFC 94 in a failed attempt at the welterweight title against Georges St-Pierre.

Despite breaking records and being among the busiest fighters on the roster, McGregor plans to continue his busy streak.

“I love it. I don’t stop. It’s all I do,” McGregor said. “I don’t do nothing else. I continue to show up, I continue to fight, I continue to put these amazing events for the amazing fans of this sport. Of course I love what I do, and not only am I not getting tired of it, I’m actually getting better at it.

“I’m understanding. I’m a lot more in control of everything, and that goes right down the line from the media content I’m giving out, just everything. I’m in control of absolutely everything in my life. I keep getting better, and that’s at everything. Not just skill-wise, not just cardio-wise, not just nutrition-wise. Everything. Every aspect of my life. Business, media, everything. You name it, I get better each and every day.”

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