When you’re dealing with a story like Conor McGregor’s, having to pack the highlights of his wildly eventful professional fighting career into a feature-length documentary, while also fitting in the more intimate moments is going to be difficult, to say the least.
But that’s the challenge that director Gavin Fitzgerald has taken on with Conor McGregor: Notorious, which premieres in the UK and Ireland on Nov. 1 before making its way to North American shores one week later. Over the course of 90 minutes, Fitzgerald tracks McGregor’s path from when he quit his job to become a full-time MMA fighter to his blockbuster rematch with rival Nate Diaz, touching upon key battles and moments along the way.
Make no mistake, though several events are shortchanged (more on this later), the sheer amount of footage that this crew has put together is impressive. We open on a beaming McGregor going hard in training with fellow future UFC fighter Cathal Pendred, and proceed to get a glimpse of his modest life under his parents’ roof. It’s in these quiet moments that the documentary shines as it’s a stark contrast to the constant noise and clamor that surrounds the McGregor we see today.
Instead, McGregor's known activity has consisted of jumping into a Bellator cage last month to shove a referee following a friend's fight, a scuffle in a pub that generated rumors that McGregor had punched a powerful member of an Irish cartel and last week's British Fashion Awards photo with singer Rita Ora, who tweeted the occasion was "date night" despite McGregor's recently fathering a child with longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin.
"Listen, he's enjoying the fruits of his labor, maybe a little bit too much," said Irish boxer Michael Conlan, the 2016 Olympian whom McGregor memorably walked into the ring with on St. Patrick's Day night, whetting the appetite for his Aug. 26 Mayweather spectacle.
"He's going crazy at the minute, but he just needs to take himself back and get back to what he does best, and that's fighting."
Some quotes from Conor mcgregor
- “Doubt is only removed by action. If you’re not working then that’s where doubt comes in.”
- “I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing. Keep proving people wrong and proving myself right.”
- “I was always a dreamer, and my first ambition was to be a footballer. I’d be out in the field doing drills after it got dark at night. So I had that passion to get somewhere and a drive to do something. I did love football and was always more into playing it than watching it. When I found combat sport, however, it just took over. It’s non-stop now.”
- “We’re not just here to take part. We’re here to take over.”
- “I believe in myself so much that nothing is going to stop me.”
- “I keep having vivid dreams of success. Then it’s time to sleep.”
- “I’m going to the stars and then past them.”