Conor McGregor said he has found motivation in comeback performances from three UFC notables – Nate Diaz, Stipe Miocic, and Urijah Faber.
“I took great motivation from watching Nate go out there and do his thing,” McGregor said for ESPN. “Even looking at Nate, there is many things that were amazing about that whole performance (to) me from Nate.”
“One of the one’s that most stood out to me was what he said post-fight: ‘The Nick Diaz army.” He gave a shoutout to his brother. I hope his brother is doing well. I hope Nick is doing well. A solder of the real fight game. He gave him respect right off the bat. That’s why the fans love Nate. That’s why I love and respect Nate.”
McGregor continued, “Even now with the cannabis strain he’s coming out with. I hope he’s got his business mind screwed on because he’s in a position now where he could also make a generational like I have. I hope to see that. These are the things I’m just looking at and taking motivation from to use in my game and push me forward.”
“Look at (how) Stipe Miocic came back after a knockout loss,” McGregor said. “Won the title against the man who knocked him out. There are so many stories of this, over and over again. And mine is going to be the greatest one of all. And that’s what I’m aiming for.”
“Even Urijah Faber, a former foe/friend of mine. He came back at 40 years of age. The game is far from over for me. And I’m very, very excited. I had a little road bump… I’m just trying to find that balance. And get motivated again. I’m looking for inspiration everywhere.”