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Conor McGregor poses on the scale during the UFC 257 weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi

Conor McGregor poses on the scale during the UFC 257 weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi

Conor McGregor poses on the scale during the UFC 257 weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi

A proud Conor McGregor has declared that his most fulfilling accomplishment is his family, with partner Dee the “underboss” of the operation.

As he prepares to return to the octagon for the first time in 12 months when he fights Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on Abu Dhabi's Fight Island, a reflective McGregor opened his heart about the importance of family in his life.

“Hands down, my most fulfilling accomplishment is my family,” he said in an interview with online business magazine, entrepreneur.com.

“They are everything to me. Dee, my fiancée, the underboss of the operation, has been with me since day one.

“Before I had a cent to my name, and a vision nobody thought was possible but us, she was there.

"So, it's been genuinely amazing having her and the kids in my life.

"They're my world; they've created a newfound purpose and focus for me on achieving new levels of success inside and outside the cage.”

The Dubliner also remains fiercely proud of his roots and says he has never forgotten where he came from.

He also said that another fulfilling accomplishment for him was being fortunate enough to be in the position to give back.

“It’s a proud accomplishment that I’ve been able to give back to my family, my local community of Crumlin, my country of Ireland and other initiatives I've supported,” he stated.

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Conor with partner Dee and their two children, Conor Jnr and Croia.

Conor with partner Dee and their two children, Conor Jnr and Croia.

Conor with partner Dee and their two children, Conor Jnr and Croia.

“I was honoured to be able to support Covid relief in Ireland along with supporting first responder organisations worldwide through my Proper 12 business.”

In the wide-ranging interview McGregor also said he is in the best shape of his life, ahead of his bout with Poirier, as he “really started focusing on my health”.

“Health and fitness, given the nature of my profession, is a daily ritual for me,” he revealed.

“Finding new ways to optimise my training routine is something I always push for. Part of my health and fitness obsession is the focus of recovery.

"Ensuring my body is in tip-top shape is essential to maximise my training schedule and go all out without worrying about aches and pains along the way.”

Speaking about the motivations that drive him inside and outside the octagon, McGregor revealed that when he won his first UFC world title in 2015, “the term self-made did not exist for me”.

“The people who have been around me my entire career shaped the moment I won my first belt,” he explained. “This still rings true today.

"To get the job done in fighting or business, you must surround yourself with good people who can work alongside those who share the same vision as you. I'm grateful I have this in abundance with my team.”

And when asked about what drives his passion for competing in fighting and business, he replied: “The answer is in the question. What drives my passion for fighting and in business is the competition. I love to compete.

"I have the hunger and the drive to be number one in fighting and business. That fire has never dwindled, and I feel it never will. The competition and will to win runs through my veins.”

The 32-year-old McGregor has promised to "deliver a masterpiece", when he steps in for the rematch of the 2014 encounter with Poirier which McGregor won via a first-round knockout.

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