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In this surprisingly sincere interview with Conan O’Brien from March of 2016, the incendiary Ultimate Fighting champion Conor McGregor shares a story from his past that many people will no doubt find inspiring.

He’s known for being brash and cocky, and in the build-up to his big boxing debut against the equally cocky Floyd Mayweather, McGregor has taken his bravado to a whole new level. If you watched any of the press conferences, you will have seen McGregor cutting over-the-top promos and boisterously bragging on a microphone in front of thousands of people (and millions at home.)

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All of which is what makes this relatively subdued “Conan” appearance all the more surprising.

McGregor chats to Conan about his previous life as a plumber. “If you had really worked hard, you could be a plumber right now,” Conan jokes. But McGregor had bigger dreams, and he followed them.

You can watch more of the interview below.

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