'McGregor Forever' provides an inspiring and realistic look into Conor McGregor's recent years.
If there's one thing you have to appreciate about Conor McGregor's new Netflix documentary McGregor Forever, it gives us a look at his life away from the glitz and glamour. McGregor not only put the UFC on the mainstream map, but he is one of the fastest-rising stars in professional sports history.
Here are the three biggest takeaways from McGregor Forever.
1. Conor McGregor wasn't afraid to look vulnerable in losses to Khabib Nurmagomedov, Dustin Poirier
When you think of McGregor and the persona he sells, it's always about money and fame. As fight fans, knowing him as a competitor comes with the territory, but his self-portrayal in this documentary is something to appreciate. From dealing with the UFC to overcoming loss, McGregor hit the nail on the head when it comes to storytelling.
Win or lose, McGregor has always found a way to keep his confidence intact, at least in the public eye. In McGregor Forever, we get an even deeper look into how he deals with losing to rival Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier, plus the injury he suffered.
He's known for being an endearing but controversial personality, but you have to admire McGregor's story from a perspective of loss and recovery. For a man who tells us almost every day how much he has, it was nice to see a version of McGregor that we have not seen much of before.
2. Where's the Proper 12?
Other than a coach's t-shirt, it was quite shocking to not see any of that infamous McGregor whiskey. There's a good chance this has more to do with the rating and adding 'alcohol use' to the warnings, but the lack of promotion of any products was surprising.
Tying into the previous portion on loss, there's a clear message being sent in this documentary. This wasn't about McGregor as the business and cash cow, it was about the human being and family man. Did this have more to do with explaining the reality of the last three to four years of his life? Maybe. But at this point in his life, McGregor is not chasing sympathy, but it's clear he wants to tell his side of the story without being too "Mystic Mac" about it.
3. Conor McGregor's past was absent from Netflix documentary
While McGregor Forever comes off more as a tale of resilience, family, and the importance of hard work, the big storyline with McGregor has always been the not-so-good behavior he'd gotten into in the past, and for the most part, it was left out completely from the documentary.
Avoiding some of the more pressing questions is understandable, but between the behavior and lack of professional accountability, there is a lot to be desired. McGregor is still just 4-4 since the Jose Aldo fight in 2015, and hasn't fought for almost two years. McGregor Forever touches on this a lot, and if that's true, it simply comes down to the UFC using their most prized fighter as safely as possible.
If there's anything shocking about McGregor Forever, it's the parties at play when it comes to McGregor living his life, and how much they have plagued him in the long run, as opposed to helping him. Sooner or later, even the popular guy at school has to pay his dues and accept reality.
There was no mention of his rape accusations, his several assault charges (and conviction) or his driving incidents and that's a shame because, overall, that's a big part of his story.