Tuesday 20 February 2018

Conor McGregor to appear nude in ESPN Magazine's 'Body Issue'

Conor McGregor. Photo: Getty
Conor McGregor. Photo: Getty

Tom Rooney

The sight of nearly every curve and contour that comprise Conor McGregor’s heavily inked physique are so common as to be trivial, but the Dubliner is set to reveal even his modesty in an upcoming magazine spread.

ESPN confirmed that McGregor, the UFC featherweight champion, will pose in his birthday suit for the forthcoming publication of The ESPN Magazine's Body Issue.

The annual release has featured athletes such as tennis star Serena Williams, former Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, boxer Bernard Hopkins and, indeed, Venus Williams.

McGregor is not the first mixed martial artist to appear in the magazine; Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate and Jon Jones have beaten him to the punch. Pardon the pun

The issue is to be released on July 8, just one day before the Crumlin native was due to rematch Nate Diaz in the main event of UFC 200.

Of course, McGregor was pulled from the showcase after he refused to attend a promotional event, citing his desire to train, which led to an all too public spat with UFC ‘s hierarchy.

However, having met for dinner with company president, Dana White, and CEO, Lorenzo Fertitta, the hostilities have abated and McGregor is likely to fight again before summer’s end.

Though not against Diaz, it would appear, given his recent negotiations with White and Fertitta proved far from ideal.

Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo have been matched to fight for the interim featherweight title at UFC 200, with the winner expected to face McGregor in a unification bout.

Yet many have posited that the SBG man will never return to the division (145lbs) due to the punishing weight cut he must endure, which would certainly mean vacating his crown.

Most commentators feel his future lays at lightweight (155lbs), and, as such, the identity of his next opponent may indicate exactly what’s store.

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