Conor McGregor reveals lesson he learned from LeBron James

Conor McGregor, Lebron James
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Former two-division UFC champ Conor McGregor has made more money than any other fighter in MMA history, and he’s never been shy about spending it. The Irishman lives extremely lavishly. Yet in an interview with Tony Robbins last month, which was only just released, McGregor divulged that he’s decided to change the way he spends his money. After reading a bit about NBA star LeBron James, he’s decided there are much more fruitful ways to invest his money and time.

“For so long, in my mid to late twenties when I started to acquire wealth and acquire money, I was fascinated with materialistic things,” Conor McGregor began (transcript via Pundit Arena). “I would buy myself cars, watches. I have switched off of that.

“I realized I was spending things on material items and not on myself, my being, and my fitness.

“I read that LeBron James spends $1.5 million yearly on himself. Physical therapists, masseuse, nutritionists, all of that. When I saw that, I said ‘I spend zero [on myself]’.

“When a camp forms for a fight, I’ll gather a team of people, we go into the Vegas desert and lock ourselves away for ten weeks and do insanity work. It’s half-in, it’s not all-in. You certainly cannot be that way in the fight game but in reality, you can’t be that way in any game you’re in. If you’re in a game, make sure you’re in it all the way and then that game will be your game. I’ve only taken this philosophy recently.”

Conor McGregor concluded, explaining how the changes he’s making to his spending and training habits have left him in a good place mentally.

“I’ve had dips, lapses in motivation, dips in commitment. But I’m figuring it all out and I’m in a good place.”

At present, Conor McGregor does not have a fight booked, but the widespread expectation — thanks in large part to comments from Dana White — is that he will fight again. Thanks the example set by LeBron James, it sounds like he’s mentally prepared to do so.

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 5/21/2019.