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Conor McGregor beats out top boxers and MMA fighters to win prestigious American award

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 10: Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor attends his birthday celebration at Intrigue Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas early July 10, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Las Vegas)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 10: Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor attends his birthday celebration at Intrigue Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas early July 10, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Las Vegas)
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Conor McGregor's up and down year has been capped off with an illustrious award.

The last 12 months have been tumultuous for the Irish fighter - wins against Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo marked him as both the UFC featherweight champion and the sport's biggest star, but an upset loss to Nate Diaz and his brief 'retirement' left him in an uncertain place.

On the whole though, it was a spectacular year for the Notorious and he has been rewarded in kind.

ESPN's annual sports awards, The ESPYs, chose McGregor as their Fighter of the Year last night.

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McGregor is only the second MMA fighter to win the award, along with Ronda Rousey last year, and the Dubliner vanquished some formidable foes to get the honour.

Boxers Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin, Roman Gonzalez and fellow MMA fighter Robbie Lawler were also nominated for the award.

However, McGregor's elevation to the top of the featherweight division and the massive interest he has generated in the sport of MMA tipped the scales in his favour.

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In fitting McGregor fashion, he posted an acceptance speech on Instagram reminiscent of Father Ted at the Golden Cleric ceremony:

"It is an honour to take 'Best Fighter' at the prestigious ESPY awards!

"I am deep in preparation to come and take out everyone that has spoke my name in vain.

"I will get you all."

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