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WWE star Sheamus - 'I’d take Conor McGregor'

Eoin Harrington

Published 20/10/2015 | 14:26

WWE star Sheamus
WWE star Sheamus
Sheamus in Dublin last night. Photo: WWE Instagram

Irish WWE star Sheamus claims he would “take” UFC fighter Conor McGregor if the two were pitched together in a fight.

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Speaking in ‘Angela Scanlon’s Close Encounters’, to be broadcast on RTÉ 2 tonight, the Dubliner said he would beat McGregor easily

Sheamus said: “He’s a lot shorter than me. I don’t think we’d be allowed fight – a heavyweight and a lightweight. Would I take him (if I had to)? Absolutely. Course I would. No one could take me. No one’s better than me. I could walk over anyone.”

The Irish fighter – whose real name is Stephen Farrelly – also commented on McGregor’s recent interviews: “He was having a go at the WWE in these interviews he was doing. The first couple of times I let it go but then I decided to have a bit of craic and banter with him.”

McGregor and Sheamus previously fell publicly in a high profile incident, with McGregor threatening Farrelly via Twitter.

McGregor is the interim UFC featherweight champion after defeating Chad Mendes in July in Las Vegas and is currently eleventh in the pound-for-pound UFC rankings. He will fight defending featherweight champion Jose Aldo in December in Las Vegas to decide the definitive holder of the world champion belt.

McGregor has been promised a fight at home in Croke Park by the UFC if he wins his bout with Aldo in December and it seems that is the date Sheamus has his eyes on.

Sheamus is a three-time world champion in the WWE, having won the WWE Championship twice (December 2009 and June 2010) and the World Heavyweight Championship once (iApril 2012).

The WWE’s official website lists Sheamus as weighing 267 pounds, 122 pounds heavier than McGregor.

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