While reviewing a video of him beating Marcus Brimage, McGregor says he is now a different class of fighter.
Funnily enough, looking back at these old fights, every fight I think: ‘I’d kill that guy now. I’d kill the guy that killed that guy’.
On the meaning of his victory.
That’s Ireland’s first ever time to grace the Octagon. See that flag, that’s the first time that flag has ever been raised in the Octagon…That was the beginning of me taking over. It’s a beautiful thing. I’m rich. I’m rich now.
In his professional UFC debut, in Stockholm, Sweden, McGregor beats Brimage with a knockout from a series of uppercuts in 67 seconds. McGregor fought despite a tooth infection which had developed on fight week. He couldn’t open or close his mouth past a certain point, and had difficulty sleeping.
It was just another thing. Nothing could’ve stopped me in there. I wasn’t going to be broken. It was just another thing. Adversity causes some men to break and other men to break records. I chose to be the second one. That’s the way I looked at it. I looked at it as another challenge and f-ck the pain. It’s only a tooth at the end of the day. I got through it.