'That was some moment' - Conor McGregor on seeing Sinead O'Connor before victory
Published 12/07/2015 | 09:38
It has been some weekend for Conor McGregor and every single experience was amplified by Irish fans and the performance of Sinead O'Connor.
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.
"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."