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Conor McGregor tells us three things you may not have known about him

Published 18/05/2015 | 07:19

The Notorious Conor McGregor
The Notorious Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor reveals to Independent.ie some things which his biggest fans may not be aware of.

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WHAT FOOTBALL TEAM DO YOU SUPPORT?

I was big into football as a kid, but more as a player than a watcher.  I suppose if you pushed me I would say Manchester United, but that’s only because it gets passed down from generation to generation.  I think just about everyone in Ireland is either a Liverpool or United fan.  But some people go a little weird, referring to the team they support as “we”.  To me that’s a little crazy.  I admire their athleticism and their dedication.  Ronaldo is a phenomenal athlete.  His speed, his takeoff from a standing start and his ability to operate at high speeds are impressive

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WHO WERE YOUR BOYHOOD HEROES?

I take inspiration from people who are chasing the dream, who are undaunted, who defy the odds.  Muhammad Ali of course was a big influence.  I watched so many films and documentaries about his incredible deeds, his remarkable life.  From a martial arts perspective, it would be Bruce Lee. Chuck Liddell was the MMA figure who convinced me that the UFC was where I wanted to be.

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WHAT IS YOUR DREAM?

To fight at Croke Park as world champion:  I went there as a kid with my school when the place was packed and I was blown away.  I understand all the history, all the culture, it is a phenomenal area.  I know that Muhammad Ali is the only fighter who put on a show there.  It is my dream to bring my sport to the Irish people and to follow in Ali’s footsteps. That would be unbelievable.

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