THE entire mixed martial arts world is waiting with bated breath for the latest documentary about the biggest star in the history of the sport – Conor McGregor.
On Wednesday, Netflix will release the highly-anticipated film McGregor Forever – a four-part documentary about the UFC’s figurehead.
The project, which was produced by the renowned companyof Sports was first discussed in 2018 – although the wheels didn’t start moving until the following year.
The previous two documentaries for The Notorious have provided a unique look at what is perhaps martial arts most boisterous and bombastic fighter.
And McGregor Forever is no different.
But unlike his predecessors, the many layers – including the family side – of arguably the most controversial fighter in MMA are revealed.
Director Gotham Chopra told SunSport, “We wanted to tell a comeback story, but it ended up being something with a lot more depth.”
“With Conor, there’s this public persona out there and this one-man carnival. But there’s also that kind of thoughtfulness and confidence, thoughtfulness and expressiveness.”inside there.
“He’s a great character. And as a subject, I don’t want to say it’s easy, but.” [he’s] It’s easy to tell stories.
He added, “It was interesting.” [over the last four years] seeing all the different layers of him. And the documentary definitely explores some of that.”
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Much of McGregor Forever will focus on the Dubliner’s recent setbacks in the octagon – including losses to bitter rivals Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier.
Chorpa said, “Losing brings more tension, more perspective, more conflict and more reflection from a storytelling perspective.”
“That got more interesting in a way from a storytelling point of view. Like, ‘How is Conor doing and how will everyone around him deal with these things?’”
He continued: “Obviously there’s been a lot of defeats in the last couple of years with the Poirier fights and the Khabib fight before that.”
“The UFC and the world make a big deal about Conor losing, but Conor doesn’t. He says, ‘Losing is part of the game. You don’t do that without losing.’
“He’s not particularly valuable. And you can see him in those moments, obviously he’s emotional because nobody likes to lose, but he feels like he’s going back to that mad scientist pretty quickly.” [mode].
“And like, ‘How can I use this as a catapult to…?’Thing? What do I have to change? What I have done wrong?'”
Also the backstage aftermath of McGregor’s infamous UFC 229 showdown with Nurmagomedovprominent.
Chopra revealed, “There’s this great post-Khabib scene that he’s inin the aftermath he was substituted and chaos reigned in this match.
“Dana White comes into the dressing room and sort of talks to Conor about it and goes, ‘Why did that surprise you?’
“And Conor didn’t let it bother him. He says, ‘These are handbags’, a phrase he uses. ‘I lost the fight and that was it.’”
Religion of Sports has produced documentaries about Tom Brady, Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook.
Brady, Curry and Westbrook are all mysteries in their own right, though Chopra thinks he sees similarities between McGregor and the aforementioned trio.
He said: “Similar to their insatiable ambition and willingness to get the job done – there are no compromises. Moreover, he is willing to go beyond that.”
“I was at his training sessions and there was never a moment when he was like, ‘I’m kinda tired, let’s finish an hour early.’ It’s the exact opposite.
“Two hours turns into four or six hours. He’s like that mad scientist in his sparring sessions, like, ‘Okay, how can I get better at this? How can I improve this?’
“I’ve seen that with Tom Brady and his throwing moves or Steph Curry and his shots.”
McGregor rarely allows outsiders into his personal and family life, although longtime videographer Darragh McCarthy was given permission to photograph one side of the former two-division champion. rarely seen by cameras.
Chopra said, “There are really intimate things. It’s not just about his training and fighting career and around it, it’s about how he reveals his gender to his baby.”
There are really intimate things. It’s not just about his training and fighting career, it’s also about how he reveals his gender to his baby.
Gotham Chopra, director of McGregor Forever
“There was an intimacy at home that Darragh was able to capture and capitalize on through his relationship with Conor.
“And that honestly gave us hours of footage to complete the story.”
McCarthy also captured the aftermath of McGregor’s ill-fated trilogy fight with Poirier, in which he suffered a horrible broken leg.
And their close relationship allowed McGregor, who was bedridden in hospital, to open up about the possibility of his career being taken away from him just hours after breaking his left leg.
Chopra said, “He was [McCarthy] he in thethe shooting. And that’s a five-year relationship that has allowed Conor to feel very comfortable and vulnerable.”
With the exception ofChronicling McGregor’s journey over the past four years has been a source of great joy for Chopra.
Although I work withIt was a great experience with him and his crew.
He said: “One of his trainers, Doc, said, and I think it says in one of the released trailers, ‘Reasonable men never archived anything. Conor is a very unreasonable man.’
“I experienced that for three and a half years. A tough guy and an even tougher guy to deal with. He is literally all over the world and figuratively he is everywhere.”
“It was’nt easy. And yet I’m re-watching the film now that it’s on Netflix and I’m like, ‘Yeah, it’s fascinating.’
“It’s fascinating to watch him. There’s all these things in the world and people have strong opinions about him and there’s a lot of people around him.”
“And yet he is still an enigma. In that sense it was really fun and inspiring, also because he has the ability to constantly choose himself.”
After working on the documentary for almost four years, Chorpa hopes it will add nuance to the McGregor conversation around the world.
He said, “I hope socaptures something I’ve said before: that he’s a fighter. And I don’t just mean that literally and figuratively and of losses and such.
“Go back to the beginning of his career: He had this vision for himself as he struggled through life and the place he came from.
“But his willingness to pull himself together and get the job done — even if it seemed to happen overnight.”
“The hours, weeks and months of hard work. There are no compromises with the man – he puts the work into it.”
“What I find interesting about the documentary is that, like I said, there’s the showman and the carnival, but now there’s this father and there’s a human.” [for the world to see].”