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Conor McGregor: I am shaking with the support of the amazing Irish fans

Published 12/07/2015 | 07:09

11 July 2015; Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes in the Second Round of their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Picture credit: Esther Lin / SPORTSFILE
11 July 2015; Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes in the Second Round of their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Picture credit: Esther Lin / SPORTSFILE
11 July 2015; Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes in the Second Round of their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Picture credit: Esther Lin / SPORTSFILE

Conor McGregor has hailed the amazing support of the Irish fans following his epic, bruising win over Chad Mendes in Las Vegas.

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The Irishman survived an onslaught from Mendes to knock him out to win the interim belt in the featherweight division.

An exhausted McGregor said: "I'm absolutely blown away by the support. I can't put into words how grateful I am.

"So much went on in the build-up to this, so much media obligation, I travelled around the world twice and did two takes... One in case it was Jose and one in case it was Chad. So to just come in here and hear all the support yesterday and today... I'm shaking with it."

Read more: Video: Watch the moment Conor McGregor knocked out Chad Mendes

The Irishman also had a message for Jose Aldo, the man he was supposed to fight the his next challenger in what will be billed as one of the most anticipated fights of all time.

"I've been hearing all the time that I've been protected from this type of opponent, that I've been gifted this title shot.

"My title shot went running and I was given a challenge that I was supposed to be protected from, I was going to prove to people that I'm a true fighter it doesn't matter who it is. I am a professional.

Conor McGregor celebrates. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor, left, in action against Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor, left, in action against Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates with team-mate Artem Lobov after defeating Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor in action against Chad Mendes during their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor in action against Chad Mendes during their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor in action against Chad Mendes during their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor in action against Chad Mendes during their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor in action against Chad Mendes during their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes in the Second Round of their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor is treated for a cut over the right eye at the end of the first round during his Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189 against Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / SPORTSFILE
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes in the Second Round of their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout. Photo: Esther Lin / SPORTSFILE
Conor McGregor in action against Chad Mendes during their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor in action against Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor taunts Chad Mendes during their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor, left, in action against Chad Mendes during their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout at UFC 189. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes in the Second Round of their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Photo: Esther Lin / SPORTSFILE
Conor McGregor, left, in action against Chad Mendes
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes in the Second Round of their Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout
Featherweight Conor McGregor lets out a yell to his fans during the weigh in for UFC 189

"I honestly want to thank my family, my team, everyone who has come up with me and the Irish people who supported me... I done this for us."

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Before the Mendes fight, much was made of the fact that McGregor had to cut a lot of weight. And he admitted that this was a tough ask.

"The weight cut is tough but I can go all f**king day. I knew if he gets me down, I'll talk to him, this is nothing.

"Nobody can take that left hand shot, everyone breaks and he broke."

On the prospect of fighting Jose Aldo in the biggest fight in UFC history, McGregor said: "I had bigger injuries in the run-up to this fight than that bruised rib, and I still showed up and performed, in my eyes Jose has gone running.

"If he wants to come back, he can come back but I swear to God, his day will come."

Read more: Video: Watch the brilliant moment when Chad Mendes and Conor McGregor showed so much respect for each other

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