It has been a wild few months for UFC superstar Conor McGregor, who has gone from being on top of the world, to "retiring", and now back to being arguably the biggest name in the fighting game.
McGregor lost his first ever fight in the UFC to Nate Diaz back at UFC 196, tweeted he was retiring after a falling out over UFC 200 press conferences, lost his place on the card because of that squabble, and is now apparently in talks with Floyd Mayweather for a megafight while also patching his relationship with the UFC and getting the Nate Diaz rematch back on sometime soon.
But something else happened during that time period that seriously affected McGregor, potentially more than any over. The death of MMA fighter Joao Carvalho.
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According to McGregor, his arguments with the UFC were coming at the same time that Carvalho after McGregor watched the fight that ultimately killed him at an event in Ireland.
McGregor said that seeing that made him question his career in fighting and made him not want to go on the ridiculous publicity tour the UFC wanted him to do.
“I had fucking journalists knocking down my mother’s door, you know what I mean?” McGregor said.
“That’s not what I signed up to do – have people knocking on my mother’s door, talking about a kid dying. It’s not nice to see a kid die like that. It does something to you. And there’s been show after show canceled in Ireland since that. It’s fucked up to be a part of it, and I didn’t want to bring it back up and put it more on a public scale."
“After all that, I did not want to be put in front of a camera and made to dance. I just wasn’t feeling it.”
Carvalho was fighting McGregor's SBG teammate Charlie Ward at an event in Ireland, where McGregor was in attendance.
Ward won what has been described as a "brutal fight" with a TKO stoppage in the third round of the contest. Carvalho was hospitalized after the bout having taken a turn after taking a beating and sadly died.