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Audie Attar insists the ambitions and drive of the Notorious Conor McGregor have not changed.
Despite the success, money, and recognition McGregor has achieved, which includes a crossover boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, his manager and business partner Attar says he still has more to achieve.
McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) became the UFC’s first two-weight champion and sold more pay-per-views than any fighter in UFC history. While his recent results in the Octagon haven’t been the best, “Notorious” isn’t ready for his last MMA memory to be a stretcher out of the cage.
What drives Conor McGregor?
What drives McGregor these days? Attar says the answer is simple.
“First and foremost, he loves the sport,” Attar told MMA Junkie. “I think that’s the only thing that’s special about him. That’s what’s allowed him to reach the level of success that most fighters aspire to. He loves it. The other part is that he’s a competitor.
“Does he have more ambitions and goals he wants to achieve?” absolutely. I think that’s what makes it special and interesting, and it’s going to be an interesting story, and I believe it’s going to be the greatest comeback in the history of the sport.
McGregor broke his leg in a loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July 2021. Attar sees no reason for McGregor to rush his comeback after such a gruesome injury, but as he looks to return in 2023, he knows his star client won’t be short of options.
Championship in Lightweight division
Former lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, who meets Islam Makhachev for the vacant lightweight title as a UFC 280 headliner, is still eyeing McGregor, which doesn’t surprise Attar. “I mean, Conor said it best: It’s red panty night when you fight him,” Attar said. “So at the end of the day, I don’t think it’s changed. The color of the panty has not changed. So at the end of the day, I think a lot of fighters want that. They want that paycheck, but they also want the experience to be able to say they fought Conor McGregor. They all strive to win this battle, and that’s normal. I don’t think anyone will be shocked by that.”