The fourth and final episode of Conor McGregor‘s docu-series ‘McGregor Forever’ is aptly titled ‘”Til the day I go out”‘ and focuses on McGregor’s comeback from his first knockout defeat to Dustin Poirier and the build-up to the trilogy bout between the two men.
“Til the Day I Go Out”
Episode 4 begins with McGregor hellbent on proving the doubters wrong following his UFC 257 loss to Poirier. We see footage of McGregor and his lifelong coach, John Kavanagh study tape on Poirier. The coach notes “no one is better at losing than Conor”, giving an insight into the mindset of the former double champion. The announcement of the trilogy bout is given and we also see McGregor welcome his third child into the world alongside training camp early on in the episode.
There’s a clear focus on McGregor defending the leg kick as well as throwing plenty of his own kicks throughout training. He injures his leg early on, suffering a deep bone bruise and it’s worrying times in the McGregor camp ahead of the fight. There was even talk of potentially having to withdraw from the fight. The ankle/leg injury was clearly affecting the training camp.
Interestingly, there was also a clear understanding that McGregor’s children and family weren’t in training camp this time. He was focused solely on the fight itself, recovery, rehabilitation and being the best that he could be. No distractions, no excuses.
There was a clear theme of animosity towards Poirier throughout the final episode as well as a desire for McGregor to put on a clinic against his foe.
We get to see footage from fight night and the leg break that McGregor suffers during the second round. Interestingly, we don’t get to see any of the unhinged post-fight speech from the loser on the night. None of the “your wife is in my DMs” madness, rather just McGregor calling for a doctor’s stoppage rather than a TKO.
We see McGregor discuss his injury with his doctor, who informs him it’ll be between 10-12 months before he can compete fully.
The mini-series rounds out with plenty of voiceovers from McGregor’s team which all air his desire to fight for as long as possible, his passion for the ‘game’ and how motivated he is to do his very best on his return.
Overall, ‘McGregor Forever’ is well worth a watch. It gives a rare insight into some behind-the-scenes footage of Conor McGregor’s training camps, family life and his mental state heading into various fights.
Ultimately, it does miss out key moments in his career, understandably so. It doesn’t give a real, true insight into the chaotic nature of his mindset. His legal battles throughout aren’t touched on, his negative public image is ignored, however, does show more of his ‘dark’ side during the Khabib Nurmagomedov build up than we maybe predicted.
It’s well worth a watch and will inevitably get everyone hyped for his return.