Wednesday 17 January 2018

McGregor reveals nerves over becoming a father

Conor McGregor with Dee Devlin. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Conor McGregor with Dee Devlin. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Joe Callaghan in New York

After creating history by becoming the first fighter to reign over two UFC divisions simultaneously, Conor McGregor announced that there is another landmark 'first' on the horizon.

The Crumlin native is to become a father for the first time.

He and his girlfriend Dee Devlin are expecting a child next year.

McGregor was flying high after his triumph over Eddie Alvarez at Madison Square Garden in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Which may explain why he wasn't exactly sure of the child's due date.

Read more: Conor McGregor confirms he is to be a dad, becomes first UFC fighter to hold two world titles

"March, is it? May. It's not May, is it?" he asked Devlin at the post-fight press conference.

"I thought it was March. What the f***? Look, I'm running from it, to be honest. I'm cr**ping my jocks with the whole thing.

"I'm not going to lie. I don't even know what way to take it.

"I don't want to be bringing a child into anything like this. I don't want any celebrity-type s***, I hate all that.

"I don't want my family to be like that. So I'm just going to have this baby, take a little bit of time and see what way I feel after that."

McGregor had helped set a new gate record at one of the world's most iconic sporting theatres, with Saturday's spectacular raking in almost $20m (€18.5m) in ticket sales alone. With the UFC's pay-per-view record also shattered, the 28-year-old is in line for yet another eight-figure payday once the numbers are all totted up.

The nature of his victory - he toyed with the veteran champion Alvarez, even advancing with his hands behind his back in the second-round before finishing it with a devastating knock-out - ensured even greater appeal for the fighter.

Now he wants a bigger slice of the gargantuan pie in which he is the secret ingredient. "I've been happy to just continue doing what I'm doing but I feel I've out-worn the previous contract," he said of his deal with the UFC, which changed hands for a record $4bn during the summer.

"I know I'm the highest-paid already but I'm looking at what they're taking in. That list that was compiled to show the new owners, that's like the gospel right there.

"You want me to stick around and help service that debt and continue to push the company?

"Bring me on board for real, not just as this. I need to be set for life with this.

"If you want to be truly in on this then I need to be all in on this proper - as owner. An equity stake in the company, that's what I'm looking for."

Irish Independent

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