Conor McGregor comes from a home where fans are as passionate about their sport heroes as anywhere in the world.

That’s why McGregor enjoyed his trip to Brazil earlier this year – despite receiving death threats.

The UFC brought “Notorious” down to help promote the Jose Aldo-Chad Mendes featherweight title fight in Rio de Janeiro, even allowing McGregor to host a fan Q&A. In January, the Irish fighter will return to the Octagon to meet Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night.

While some were concerned with his health while out and about in Rio, McGregor understands the hatred towards him and respects it.

“I respect these people,” he said, during a recent UFC press conference (thanks to for transcribing). “At the end of the day, I respect everybody. I’m on my own journey, but there’s only room for one.

“Passion for the sport is what drives it. Fans enjoy the Brazilian competitors. If it was in Ireland, it would be just as crazy in the other direction. Passion is passion and there’s no reason to stop it.”

McGregor (16-2) is on a 12-fight win streak that includes a September first round finish of Dustin Poirier. He’s also defeated the likes of Diego Brando, Max Holloway and Marcus Brimage since signing with the UFC last year.