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Conor McGregor on retirement: ‘I’m still very young from a damage-taking standpoint’

Esther Lin, Showtime

Conor McGregor appeared on RTE’s The Late Late Show on Friday night to promote “Conor McGregor: Notorious” and claimed he has no set date for his retirement.

According to the UFC lightweight champion, his exit from the sport will be determined by how much damage he has taken.

The Irishman said that the only time he was truly wobbled in a fight was in his first meeting with Nate Diaz, and other than that, he has taken no other heavy shots.

“I’m 29 years of age and I have climbed to the very, very, very top and with…not with relative ease…I’ve put in a lot of hard work,” he told Ryan Tubridy.

“I’ve put in crazy amounts of hard work and most people do not see the wars upon wars in the gym just to get to the fight.

“I’ve gone through strenuous camp, after camp, after camp, but still – compared to other people in the fight game – I’m still relatively undamaged.

“I’ve never been dropped. I was wobbled once. In the Mayweather fight, it was fatigue – I wasn’t wobbled, I didn’t see stars once.

“The only time I was ever wobbled once in a contest was in the Diaz 1 fight. And that’s’s the only heavy shot I’ve ever taken.

“I’ve continued to climb and I’m still very young in the game. Although I’ve climbed to the top, I’m still very young from a damage-taking standpoint, so I will continue to see where it goes.”

McGregor continued, citing the “multiple contenders” that await him on his UFC return and insisted that he would still be competing for the next “couple of years.”

“I have multiple titles in the UFC,” said McGregor. “I have multiple contenders that are clawing at the top trying to get at me, so we’re in negotiation stages and we will see where we go.

“I will most certainly compete again for the next couple of years anyway and then I’ll see where it is.”

When pushed again, McGregor reiterated that he has no cut-off point in mind in terms of his retirement:

“I could cut it off yesterday, you know what I mean? I don’t really have a date and a time and an age because I use it from a damage-taking standpoint.

“How many blows have I taken? That’s the true danger in combat sport.”

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