Wednesday 21 February 2018

'Those not on duty will be cheering Conor on' - The Irish Defence Forces post photo supporting McGregor from Syria

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Even the Irish Defence Forces were supporting Irish fighter Conor McGregor as he took on Jose Aldo in the Octagon for the title of Featherweight champion of the world.

The Irish Defences Forces last night posted a picture of the No 1 platoon of the 50th Infantry Group holding an Irish flag from their current location in Syria on the Golan Heights.

The Forces wrote that the platoon sent their "best wishes to the Notorious Conor McGregor" ahead of his title fight against Brazilian Jose Aldo.

They wrote that "those not on duty will be watching early in the morning and cheering Conor on as he attempts to unify the two UFC featherweight belts".

The post has gathered over 3,400 reactions on Facebook, with many people thanking the troops for their support and wishing them a merry Christmas.

Conor McGregor went on to defeat Jose Aldo in thirteen seconds with a knockout punch. The Brazilian featherweight world champion had been undefeated since 2005.

UFC head Dana White had previously promised that McGregor could defend the title in Croke Park if he was to beat the reigning champ.

Irish fans at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas were delirious following the bout, which was the quickest knockout in UFC history.

McGregor told journalists at the post-fight press conference that even he was surprised with the brevity of the fight. He revealed that he told José in the ring "look, we can go again".

"Although it's a nice feeling to get the knock-out, it's kind of not nice as well... I had a little moment where I felt sorry for Jose".

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