Director Gotham Chopra, the co-founder of Religion of Sports alongside Tom Brady and Michael Strahan, found himself in some intense situations while filming Conor McGregor for the Netflix documentary “McGregor Forever.”
Back in 2021, after the wild McGregor-Poirier 3 press conference, Chopra revealed that he was part of McGregor’s entourage that was escorted off stage and into a small room.
“So I was in Las Vegas with him, and I was at the press conference, which was like a classic Conor McGregor circus. And at one point, it got so crazy that he had to be rushed off the stage. And I felt like it was like the president United States. The bodyguards dragged us off the stage and pushed us into a holding cell. They’re like, you have to stay here until it’s safe. What do you mean it’s safe? And they’re like, oh, it’s just, like, too crazy.”
Chopra described McGregor as a “caged lion” pacing back and forth in the backstage area.
“And it was like, not a big room. And he was like a caged lion…and I was like, Holy s—. This is not an act. This is real. He amps himself up, which, again, you kind of have to.
“But I’ve been around a lot of great athletes, and I’ve been around some intense moments before Super Bowls or whatever. I’ve never been in anything like this. And I was just like, you know what? We’re not going to make eye contact. I do not want to make eye contact with this guy.”
Chopra’s four part “McGregor Forever” documentary will be released on May 17th on Netflix.
Love him or hate him, Conor McGregor's story's far from over.
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