Sunday Independent columnist Paul Kimmage says that he is both intrigued and repulsed by mixed martial arts (MMA) and has questioned the coverage surrounding Conor McGregor.
The Dublin fighter claimed the UFC featherweight interim title with victory over Chad Mendes thanks to a second round TKO in Las Vegas in front of a huge gathering of Irish supporters at the weekend.
Dublin was a popular venue for McGregor last year with a rapidly growing fanbase and with a mouth-watering fight against Jose Aldo touted for next January, Croke Park has been mentioned as a possible venue for a title defence.
Kimmage told RTÉ Radio 1′s Today With Sean O’Rourke programme that he did not wait up to watch 'The Notorious' in action and expressed reservations about the sport.
"I’m intrigued by it,” Kimmage said. “I’ve been asking about it now for a long time as whether we should engage with this because there is a lot of pantomime to it. There's a lot of show.
"It’s barbaric. I’ve watched it and I’m repulsed by it. And I’m thinking ‘should the mainstream media engage with this?’. Clearly he [McGregor] has got a lot of support.”