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UFC 246: Conor McGregor in a ‘better place’ before comeback against Donald Cerrone


Conor McGregor laughing at the press conference for his fight with Donald Cerrone

McGregor retired from UFC in March 2019 but reversed his decision seven months later
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 live text commentary on BBC Sport website.

Conor McGregor says he is in a “better place” than he was a few years ago as he prepares to make his UFC comeback against Donald Cerrone on Saturday.

McGregor has not fought in mixed martial arts since losing to Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018.

He is known for his confrontational persona but appears more relaxed in 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,” said 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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Since his defeat by Nurmagomedov, which ended in a mass brawl in the octagon, McGregor has faced an assault charge and allegations of smashing a fan’s phone.

The 31-year-old says the absence of a regimented training schedule had contributed to his volatile behaviour.

“Structure was missing. So I was sporadic with my work and with my life,” he said.

“I’m a lot more centred now, a lot more grounded, a lot more focused.

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