Conor McGregor’s ‘The Notorious’ Documentary Coming To Fox Sports
Conor McGregor’s 6-Part Series To Air This Month
There seems to be an endless list of superlatives that have been used to describe Conor McGregor in recent months, and like him or loathe him, it is little wonder he has so many people talking. Both in and out of the Octagon, McGregor is endlessly watchable – pre and post-fight mental and verbal altercations that are enough to drive fans into a frenzy bookend each of his emphatic, highlight-reel stoppage victories. It can come as little surprise then, that, with excitement around McGregor’s upcoming title shot reaching fever pitch, Fox Sports have made the decision to air a six part documentary on the SBG Ireland fighter.
‘The Notorious’ documentary will air over 6 nights later this month, and follows Conor McGregor from his win at UFC Fight Night Dublin over Diego Brandao, through to his victory over Dustin Poirier at UFC 178. McGregor was executive producer on the project, which was selected as one of the programs to watch at the March Marché International des Programmes de Télévision in Cannes.
The series originally aired on Ireland’s RTE channel back in January, but the move by Fox Sports will mean an even greater level of exposure for the far-from-camera-shy Conor McGregor – Fox Sports reaches some 85 million US homes. With McGregor’s story beamed into that many households, one can only assume that it’ll continue to be his name people are mentioning in the build up to his title shot. McGregor faces Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title at UFC 189 on July 11th, and the recent promotional world tour saw McGregor causing pandemonium on each stop – goading and taunting a passive champion to fan delight, even snatching the title belt during a press conference in Ireland.
While McGregor’s verbal tirades continue to inspire reactions from fans and fighters alike, it’s clear he doesn’t let ego prevent him from developing as a fighter. Eddie Bravo recently shared a story on the Joe Rogan Show, about meeting McGregor at one of his gyms. Bravo stated that, unlike any UFC fighter he has ever known, at the gym McGregor showed an eagerness to roll with Bravo’s best grapplers, for the chance to improve his own game:
“I’ve never had a famous UFC fighter ever do that. A lot of them come by and say ‘Hi’ and they stand by the cage and look in and a couple have trained but, when it came down to rolling, they didn’t want to roll… That showed me he’s not afraid to grapple and train and work with whoever on the ground to improve his grappling. That’s huge! So from that point I thought, that’s why he’s good. He’s looking to evolve.”
‘Evolve’ may well be the correct word – his Octagon performances continue to further improve with each outing. His most recent victory, a pinpoint dissection of UFC veteran Dennis Siver, being perhaps his most calm and comfortable yet. It is a word we should be happy to have associated with Straight Blast Gym, which prides itself on continuously understanding, simplifying and improving BJJ and MMA. Improvement is not about following the same old routine repeatedly, but constantly testing and tweaking in the face of new challenges, as McGregor demonstrates in his willingness to take on all comers so as to learn and grow as a fighter. Good luck to Conor McGregor and the SBG Ireland team in preparation for July, the whole Straight Blast Gym tribe is behind you!