Monday 27 March 2017

Irish sporting icons weigh in on Conor McGregor's UFC victory

Conor McGregor reacts after defeating Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Conor McGregor reacts after defeating Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Conor McGregor poses on the scale during the weigh-in for UFC 194
Conor McGregor speaks at a post-fight press conference after beating Jose Aldo in their featherweight title fight during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor won with a first-round knockout. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
Conor McGregor at last night's weigh-in in Las Vegas
10 December 2015; Conor McGregor during an open workout session ahead of his fight against Jose Aldo. UFC 194: Open Workouts, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A number of Irish sporting stars have taken to social media to congratulate Conor McGregor on his victory in the UFC featherweight championship.

Boxer Katie Taylor, who was brought up by Irish fans at Holly Holm's pre-fight Q&A in the MGM Grand, tweeted that McGregor was "the best", writing "Congrats, champ".

Golfer Rory McIlroy wrote that McGregor "turned a skeptic into a believer... (he's) the real deal", adding "talk is cheap but that left hand will make him (money)".

Irish WWE World Heavyweight Champion 'Sheamus' simply tweeted "Job done.... champ" with the fight's official hashtag.

Shay Given took to the social network to say that Conor "can talk the talk but he most definitely can walk the walk... what a man".

Meanwhile, retired professional boxer Barry McGuigan said that McGregor "made it look effortless".

Footballer Stephanie Roche described the fight as "unbelievable" which fellow Irish UFC fighter "Aish The Bash" Daly wrote that she was "so proud and happy" to see McGregor unify the featherweight belts.

Other stars that tweeted their congratulations to the Irishman include Irish singer-songwriter Bressie, British singer Olly Murs and music legend SHAQ, who wrote "Connor(sic) McGregor is the truth wow u see dat dam(sic)".

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