11 Conor McGregor quotes that will always stand out


Former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor just found a way to turn his submission loss to rival Khabib Nurmagomedov into a win.

“The Notorious” is one of the greatest talkers in MMA history, whose words take on a life of their own. Groan all you want about how much attention MMA’s biggest star gets, but there’s no one who shapes his world the same way. A cottage industry of T-shirt makers rest on his most famous quotes.

After the most recent headlines, we got to thinking about all the times his words – and words alone – captivated the MMA world’s attention.

Here are 11 memorable quotes:

“We’re not here to take part, we’re here to take over.”

When he said it: UFC Fight Night 46 octagon interview, after defeating Diego Brandao in a Dublin headliner.

“I said I’d knock him out in the first round, and I knocked him out in the first round. You can call me ‘Mystic Mac,’ because I predict these things.”

“If one of us goes to war, we all go to war.”

When he said it: UFC 178 octagon interview, after defeating Dustin Poirier.

“I own this town. I own Rio de Janeiro. So for him to say that he is the king and I am the joker, if this was a different time, I would invade his favela on horseback and would kill anyone who wasn’t fit to work. But we’re in a new time, so I’ll whoop his ass instead.”

When he said it: UFC 189 media day, before a scheduled fight vs. Jose Aldo (that eventually was scrapped).

“When you sign to fight me, it’s a celebration. You ring back home, you ring your wife. ‘Baby, we’ve done it. We’re rich, baby. Conor McGregor made us rich. Break out the red panties.'”

When he said it: UFC “Go Big” news conference in 2015.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow, but we can either run from adversity, or we can face our adversity head on and conquer it. And that’s what I plan to do.”

When he said it: UFC 196 post-fight news conference after losing to Nate Diaz by submission.

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