Conor McGregor in emotional tribute to young fan who lost cancer battle
Published 09/07/2015 | 08:59
Conor McGregor has paid an emotional tribute to a young fan from Ireland who lost his battle with cancer at the age of 14.
A visibly shaken McGregor was speaking on Michael Landsberg on TSN's Off the Record and revealed that he had granted young Brendan McGlone from Tyrone his last wish before his untimely death from leukaemia on Monday.
Brendan was a huge sports fan and his dying wish was to talk to McGregor.
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"What happened was I got a phone call from a person in the UFC and it was someone from the Make A Wish foundation who reached out to them and said 'this kid from Ireland, he has cancer and this is probably going to be his last wish and his last wish is to talk on the phone to you’,” said McGregor.
"So I rang the kid and we talked for a long time. I talked with his friends in the hospital and his family and today or last night he passed away.
"So it F***** my head up because this little kid is in Ireland and I'm telling the kid I'm going to take this belt and I'm going to you. And I would have done it. I would have flew him out to Vegas. They were thinking maybe if he got a little bit better we could fly him out to Vegas.
"It's just a really sad situation. it's heartbreaking. I have lost family members to cancer and it is a horrible, horrible thing.”
Other sports stars to pay tribute to Brendan were Paddy Barnes as well as a host of GAA stars.
“Terrible news. Such a real nice kid to and glad to have met him and his mother who was a lovely woman," said Barnes.