Arguably the biggest MMA star ever, Conor McGregor, has explained the origin of his famous nickname “Notorious.” McGregor has been promoting his new Reebok shoe launch, and TheMacLife recently released a video of an exclusive interview with the Irishman.
Here is a clip of an interview when the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion discusses his nickname, via TheMacLife:
McGregor tells JD Sports, “I’m notorious for getting into a little bit of trouble. My coach called me that back in the day. He had me saved in the phone as ‘Trouble,’ so it kind of stuck.”
The Irishman continues, “And then obviously I’m a fan of the Notorious B.I.G. and the entrance music. I’ve used his entrance music. I’ve gone through them all, I’ve gone through a good few entrances. Now I tie it to an Irish woman, an Irish ballad singer Sinéad O’Connor. Phenomenal voice Sinéad has, and then I kick it into Biggie. ‘Hypnotize’ is the last one I’ve used, [but] I’ve used them all.”
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McGregor Speaks About Sinéad O’Connor As His ‘Go to War’ Music
During the interview, McGregor breaks out in a brief rap of the song ‘Hypnotize’ by Notorious B.I.G. Talking about that song, he says, “For me, that’s fight music.”
He then speaks about Sinéad O’Connor, saying, “Well the Sinéad one kicks me into the fight music. I say Sinéad is go to war music. Sinéad O’Connor, it’s ballad music, rebel music, you know what I mean? [It’s] about the struggles and the troubles the Irish nation have gone through throughout its history.”
He continues, “I’m [in] war mode, and then I kick it into Biggie just to kind of loosen the muscles.” Notorious finds that “The Foggy Dew” by Sinéad O’Connor and “Hypnotize” by Notorious B.I.G. is a perfect balance.
McGregor’s walkout during his UFC 246 main event fight featured “The Foggy Dew” and “Hypnotize.” Here is his walkout via the BT Sport YouTube Channel:
Notorious Returned to the Octagon in January at UFC 246
Conor McGregor made his highly-anticipated return to the UFC after more than a year hiatus. He took on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246 on January 18, and won the fight by TKO.
The match between the two only lasted 40 seconds, with McGregor dominating Cowboy the entire fight. With that win, he improved his overall professional MMA record to 22-4 and his UFC record to 10-2.
It’s unclear who Notorious’ next opponent will be, or when he will step back inside the cage, but he has been clear about wanting to stay active in 2020. UFC President Dana White told the media that he wants McGregor to fight the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, who are scheduled to compete at UFC 249 on April 18.
Nurmagomedov is defending his lightweight belt against Ferguson, and if the champion wins, a potential rematch between him and McGregor will be set up. Notorious and Nurmagomedov’s fight was the most successful PPV in UFC history, and it is possible that their rematch will do even better business for the promotion.