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'That was some moment' - Conor McGregor on seeing Sinead O'Connor before victory

Published 12/07/2015 | 09:38

Singer Sinead O'Connor sings 'The Foggy Dew' as Conor McGregor enters ahead of his Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout against Chad Mendes. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Picture credit: Esther Lin / SPORTSFILE
Singer Sinead O'Connor sings 'The Foggy Dew' as Conor McGregor enters ahead of his Interim UFC Featherweight Championship Title bout against Chad Mendes. MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Picture credit: Esther Lin / SPORTSFILE

It has been some weekend for Conor McGregor and every single experience was amplified by Irish fans and the performance of Sinead O'Connor.

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A sweeping left cross from the 27-year-old Crumlin native sent the thousands of Irish fans in attendance into raptures and Chad Mendes crumbling to the canvas as he secured the UFC Featherweight interim title with a second round KO.

The huge travelling Irish support and Sinead O'Connor's haunting rendition of 'Foggy Dew' added to the most amazing experience in the young Dubliner's mixed-martial arts career.

"That was some moment, " he told his post-fight press conference.

"I look up and Sinead is surrounded by lights and smoke and she just points at me.

"Sinead is an absolute legend, an Irish hero, a passionate, powerful, strong woman and her voice just sends chills through my spine anytime I listen to her.

"To have her there singing live was an absolute honour."

As he had done in the Octagon, the 27-year-old lavished praise on his fans for making it the biggest weekend in the history of the UFC.

Conor McGregor is treated for a cut over the right eye at the end of the first round
Conor McGregor is treated for a cut over the right eye at the end of the first round
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 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 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, 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 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 celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor, left, in action against Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Chad Mendes. Photo: Esther Lin / Sportsfile

"Looking back at the pictures from the weigh-in. It was like something from the Collosseum," he added.

"I’m extremely grateful for every person who made a lot of sacrifices, saved up to make this trip.

"This is a big expense to come out here to Las Vegas and when Jose pulled and said nothing about the fans... that left a bad taste in my mouth.

"I showed up to fight, I respected the people that have sacrificed a lot of their money, their time to make this trip.

"It hit me at the end of the fight, the support and the passion from the fans. I will be forever grateful."

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