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Conor McGregor Admits Mental Hurdles Following UFC Loss

For former UFC champion Conor McGregor, big hurdles remain ahead.

But McGregor was able to overcome one recently.

The mental one.

McGregor suffered a nasty leg injury during his loss to Dustin Poirier. “Notorious” has since had surgery and is on the road to recovery.

But he was definitely grounded in more ways than one.

“I left my son, I was jumping and (doing) 360 flips and then the next time he sees me I’m in this seat and I can’t walk and that was kind of playing on me a little bit,” McGregor said in a recent interview (thanks to MMA Fighting [1] for the quotes). “But then as the weeks have gone by and recovery, I’m getting better and stronger and my son and my children are seeing it.

“He can see the work I’ve put in and he can see the rewards and I know that’s going to rub off well on him. He’s going to be able to see his father put the work in and you rise back to your feet.”

The ability to show his children has kept his spirits up some.

“I was upset for a little while, it’s not been easy,” McGregor said. “There’s been a few ups and downs on this, it’s probably one of the wildest things that’s ever happened to me in my life. It’s not been fun, smooth sailing, but I got through it. I’ve had my family, my close team by my side, and we’re getting there.

“I’m gonna get back. You think a broken bone is gonna stop me? Think again.”

Here’s the full interview with Adam Glyn: