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Conor McGregor, before his feather weight bout against Dustin Poirier.

Conor McGregor, before his feather weight bout against Dustin Poirier.

Conor McGregor, before his feather weight bout against Dustin Poirier.

Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Conor McGregor doesn't want credit from RTE - he'll take cash instead, he says.

The national broadcaster held their annual sports awards on Sunday and many fans got in touch with McGregor (right) to ask why he wasn't recognised on the night.

"I appreciate the curiosity about my absence from these sport awards," the Crumlin native told his fans online. "Credit with RTE however, is not what I seek. It is cash.

"And as executive producer of my six-part series Notorious, airing January 26, cash is what they pay."

He then went on to encourage his 375,000 Facebook fans to check out his next fight early in 2015 for "pure sport". He looks to be in line for a featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo in 2015 should he beat German Dennis Siver.

McGregor wasn't the only sports star to skip the bash. Katie Taylor opted out and was critical of RTE's coverage of boxers, saying the national broadcaster "jump on the bandwagon when the Olympics come round every four years".

"They [RTE] seem to always consume rugby and GAA but boxing is our most successful sport … the lack of coverage over the years is very disrespectful," she said.

Taylor won her sixth consecutive European title in June and fifth world belt in November. An RTE representative said that "RTE has consistently supported Katie in her quest for titles at European, World and Olympic level and will be there again in Rio in 2016 as she defends her Olympic title."

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