Recapping episode 3 of 'McGregor Forever' the new Netflix documentary detailing Conor McGregor's comeback.
The new Conor McGregor documentary, McGregor Forever, is taking the MMA world by storm. The limited series available exclusively on Netflix follows the face of the UFC during his most recent four fights.
Each episode revolves around one of the four last times we've seen McGregor step foot inside the Octagon. Beginning with his epic rivalry against Khabib Nurmagomedov before continuing with his return against Donald Cerrone, episode 3 goes behind the scenes in the build up to his second fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.
In case you don't have the time, or patience, to follow McGregor's life, here is a full recap of episode 3, titled "Insane to this Game."
'McGregor Forever' full episode 3 recap
The biggest takeaway form episode 3 is the fact that the UFC clearly dropped the ball with McGregor's career. Whether you believe everything that is said in the documentary, it is clear that the Irishman was ready to fight three times in a single year following his return from boxing.
Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the plans of many but McGregor was always there, always ready, always hungry for a fight. He states that he did not care about going to Fight Island if he had to but the UFC was simply not giving him an opponent.
This is where we see McGregor's influence and how much bigger he is than the UFC. After 'retiring' for a third time, he was quick to call out Poirier to a charity boxing match. The former interim lightweight champion was quick to respond and agreed to the deal. That's when the UFC stepped in and agreed to match them up.
It's clear that McGregor does whatever he wants with the UFC. He knew that by publicly pushing for the Poirier fight, especially outside of the UFC, it would force their hand into putting him in the Octagon once again. The fight was set and the documentary once again falls flat in really giving the viewer an in-depth look into McGregor's life.
Other than the extremely tough weight cut and getting to see the inside of his ridiculous 63 foot yacht that he used to travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi for the fight, there isn't much in the series that really gives you a nugget of information you won't get elsewhere. It truly feels like an episode of the UFC 257's Countdown promotional video expect that the focus is only on McGregor.
When McGregor finally makes weight, we go straight into the fight, one in which he was knocked out for the first time in his career. Much like in episode 1 following his loss to Nurmagomedov, he seems truly distraught by the loss. This version of McGregor is a version we rarely see and it is refreshing to see him as a human with feelings rather than this over-the-top persona we get when he fights.
The other time we get to see this dejected version of McGregor is following Nurmagomedov's decision to retire. It's clear that the former double champion wants that one back, even if he says, "I couldn't give a f**k."
All in all, episode 3 continues in a similar fashion as the first two. The look into McGregor's life is fascinating but not extremely in-depth, revolving around his fights more than McGregor himself. McGregor haters can rejoice since he only wins one of the four fights that are featured throughout the documentary but even in defeat, you can't help but feel that McGregor has achieved everything he has in the sport.
From needing government social welfare to survive and using his last pennies to buy a bowtie to owning a Lamborghini super yacht, this quote from McGregor perfectly summarizes that regardless of how many more times he wins or lose, he is undoubtedly an incredible success story.
"I lost my mind on this game like Van Gogh. That's happened to me but fuck it. When my mother has a big mansion, my girlfriend has a different car for every day of the week, and my kids' kids can have everything they ever want, then it will pay. Then I'm happy I lost my mind," he said.