Friday 9 December 2016

Conor McGregor confirms he is to be a dad, becomes first UFC fighter to hold two world titles

Published 13/11/2016 | 08:34

Dee Devlin and Conor McGregor at The Peter Mark Vip Style Awards 2016
at the Marker Hotel,Dublin.
Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Dee Devlin and Conor McGregor at The Peter Mark Vip Style Awards 2016 at the Marker Hotel,Dublin. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor and Dee Devlin

Conor McGregor promised a big announcement after today's fight with Eddie Alvarez and in his post-fight press conference, he confirmed that he will become a father for the first time next year.

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The 28-year-old revealed that he is expecting a child with long-term girlfriend Dee Devlin.

"I've a few announcements, one announcement is that I'm going to be a daddy early next year," he said after becoming the first fighter to hold two UFC titles simultaneously.

The Notorious is unflappable inside and outside of the octagon but is nervous about becoming a father.

"I'm crapping my jocks I'm not going to lie. I don't even know what way to take it, it's going to mess with my head because I don't want to bring a child into anything like this," he added.

"I don't want no little celebrity type sh**e, I hate that. I don't want my family to be like that.

Conor McGregor of Ireland punches Eddie Alvarez in their UFC lightweight championship fight in their UFC lightweight championship fight during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden
Conor McGregor of Ireland punches Eddie Alvarez in their UFC lightweight championship fight in their UFC lightweight championship fight during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden
Conor McGregor was fighting at Madison Square Garden in New York
Conor McGregor (blue gloves) celebrates with his two championship belts after defeating Eddie Alvarez (red gloves) in their lightweight title bout during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Conor McGregor (blue gloves) celebrates with his two championship belts after defeating Eddie Alvarez (red gloves) in their lightweight title bout during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Conor McGregor (blue gloves) celebrates with his two championship belts after defeating Eddie Alvarez (red gloves) in their lightweight title bout during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

"That's a little thing that's in my head. I'm going to have this baby, take a little time and see what way I feel after that.

Asked when it's due, he added: "March. Is it March?

"It's not May is it? I thought it was March... what the f**k."

McGregor also revealed that he hasn't spoken to anyone in the UFC since it was sold and that he wants part ownership of the UFC as part of any new deal.

Earlier the featherweight champion capped the UFC's triumphant return to New York by knocking out Alvarez to claim the lightweight crown and become the first fighter in the history of the promotion to hold two UFC belts simultaneously.

Southpaw McGregor downed Alvarez three times in the opening round, leaving the champion stunned and on the back foot for the entire five minutes, and it didn't get any better for the Philadelphia native.

Alvarez's attempts to take the fight to the mat were thwarted by the 28-year-old, who continued to dictate the pace in the second in front of a packed house, most of whom were cheering for the Irishman.

Midway through the second round McGregor unleashed another combination and this time there was no way back for Alvarez as McGregor pounced to finish the fight.

"Eddie is a warrior but he shouldn't be in here with me. You've got to have size, reach, length, you've got to have attributes," he told ring announcer Joe Rogan following the bout.

"I'd like to take this chance to apologise ... to absolutely nobody," he roared before taking his two belts and scaling the side of the octagon to celebrate.

The 32-year-old Alvarez had won the title from Rafael Dos Anjos back in July and after McGregor was done avenging his only UFC defeat to Nate Diaz, he immediately set his sights on taking that second belt.

With the ban on mixed martial arts in the state lifted in March of this year, the UFC returned to New York after an absence of over two decades, staging a card stacked with fights and backed up by a ton of hype.

While others on the bill failed to live up to it, McGregor once again proved his value to the UFC by putting on a spectacular show with another superb knockout win to go with his 13-second defeat of Jose Aldo for the featherweight crown.

Earlier in the evening women's strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk weathered a late storm from her Polish compatriot Karolina Kowalkiewicz, holding on to win a unanimous decision after an epic five-round battle.

In the other title fight on the card, welterweight champ Tyrone Woodley thought he had seen off the challenge of Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson to claim a narrow split decision, but the result initially announced in the octagon was corrected after several minutes and changed to a majority draw.

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