Eamonn Coghlan puts Conor McGregor in his place in Sports Illustrated spat
Published 24/02/2016 | 10:31
Conor McGregor has revealed his pride following the news he will feature on the cover of iconic magazine Sports Illustrated - but the Dubliner also seemed to forget that he is not the first Irishman to achieve the feat.
The Notorious made a glaring error when he took to Twitter today to speak of how happy he is to be the "first Irishman to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated".
Ireland track heroes Eamonn Coghlan and Ronnie Delany have both featured on the front page of the magazine, as was pointed out to McGregor, while Rory McIlroy has also made page one.
Indeed Coghlan was quick to put McGregor back in his box when he tweeted that he had appeared on the front cover no less than three times.
The American sports media franchise, which is read by 23m people every week, announced that UFC star McGregor will be the front of this week’s issue in the lead-up to UFC 196.
"It is an honor to be the first Irishman to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated!," said McGregor on social media.
"What a time to be alive. I am now praised and rewarded for my ability to kill another man with my bare hands. My lineage are smiling down upon me. I am blessed."
Executive Editor and Senior Writer Jon Wertheim spent time in Ireland recently to find out more about the rising star of the sport and the magazine has been fulsome in its praise for McGregor’s work to date.
“He is the brightest star in the UFC cosmos right now, the sport’s centre of gravity, and the rare fighter whose talents in the Octagon keep pace with his talents for promotion,” the magazine wrote today.
“Conor McGregor’s fight at UFC 196 may now be in limbo, but there are no questions about the UFC star’s popularity and rise.”
McGregor is the first male UFC fighter to appear on the cover since Roger Huerta in 2007.
McGregor will face Nate Diaz in the welterweight division on March 5 after his scheduled opponent Rafael dos Anjos withdrew with a broken foot.