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Watch: Irish filmmaker produces stirring promo video for Conor McGregor's rematch with Nate Diaz

Tom Rooney

Published 05/08/2016 | 12:32

Conor McGregor is man on a revenge mission
Conor McGregor is man on a revenge mission

An Irish filmmaker has produced a stirring promotional film for the rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz at UFC 202 and, quite simply, it is unmissable.

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For all their faults, the UFC could never be accused of not creating outstanding content for their marquee events and, without question, Conor McGregor has been a major beneficiary of their marketing machine.

However, on occasion, the less lionised artists outdo the promotion at their own game.

Meet Gerard Walsh, a young Irish filmmaker who, judging by his social media activity, is a serious MMA fan.

Walsh has conjured a magnificent short ahead of the second instalment of the McGregor/Diaz saga in just over a fortnight’s time.

It features, as a young McGregor, SBG prodigy Nate ‘The Great’ Kelly training feverishly on the mats of the famed academy, punctuated by footage of the man himself during his time with the world’s foremost promotion.

There are also scenes of the Dubliner’s crushing submission loss to Diaz at UFC 196 in March, and it’s all against a backdrop of some the best soundbites from McGregor. 

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