|UFC 246: McGregor v Cerrone|
|Date: Sunday 19 January (UK time) Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas|
|Coverage: Approximately 03:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, then switching to BBC Radio 5 Live from 04:30. Also dwell textual content commentary on BBC Sport web site.|
Conor McGregor says he’s in a “better place” than he was just a few years in the past as he prepares to make his UFC comeback in opposition to Donald Cerrone on Saturday.
McGregor has not fought in blended martial arts since shedding to Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018.
He is understood for his confrontational persona however seems extra relaxed within the run-up to his return at UFC 246.
“People want the old Conor, the 2016 Conor, but I feel I’m in a better place than that,” stated McGregor.
“That’s certainly a drive of mine, to be a better version of myself. Then I use the goals and aspirations I have to help me achieve that and push the boundaries.”
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The 31-year-old says the absence of a regimented coaching schedule had contributed to his unstable behaviour.
“Structure was missing. So I was sporadic with my work and with my life,” he stated.
“I’m much more centred now, much more grounded, much more centered.