UFC Featherweight World Champion Conor McGregor


Via Dublin County Council

Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh today announced that a Civic Reception will take place to mark the achievements of Conor McGregor who won the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Featherweight World Title on Saturday.

Ms Ní Dhálaigh said:

“It was important for us to contact Conor and his management team before making any public or media announcements and to make sure that he would welcome the reception and also ascertain his availability. We have held discussions with his team and are delighted to now be in a position to make this announcement. We will hold the reception in City Hall towards the end of January 2016 and further details will be announced as planning progresses.”



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171 thoughts on “The Conor Pass

  1. rotide

    It’s so much better when the acronym UFC get spelled out. There’s something almost ‘Boy’s Own’ sounding about it’s full title.

  2. Jackdaw

    So our Lord Mayor refused to have a book of condolences for Garda Tony Golden but sees fit to honour this single cell poxball. Stay classy Sinn Fein.

        1. Neilo

          Not a million miles away. A political party that fetes Garda killers is unlikely to want to draw attention to its crocodile tears over Gda Golden’s brutal murder while citing logistics as an excuse.

          1. Mike

            well fair fupps to ya. managing to shoehorn shinner bashing into a mixed martial arts comments thread. theres dedication to the hatred there.

    1. Tish Mahorey

      Yeah the usual Young Fine Gael rubbish, misrepresenting fact and misleading the public in order to throw a dig at the party who threaten your re-election.

    1. Anomanomanom

      He had all the time on his hands to train because he wasn’t working. We should all live on the dole train real hard then with our first bit of success slag off Woking class like he did. Yeah he’d a great chap all together.

      1. Neilo

        He embodies social mobility. If he used allowances/benefits to meet his needs while training then he’s well on the way to paying back that goodwill: I understand McGregor’s generous enough with the checkbook to the voluntary/charity sector.

        1. Anomanomanom

          I agree that’s a good thing, using your welfare to get out of the welfare trap. But it’s not exactly what it’s for, it’s not meant to allow people to train for sports with a slim chance of success(yes I know it worked for him). I also understand his fake persona and stupid accent got him where he is but he’s just so unlikable.

          1. Anomanomanom

            Check the facts. He was on dole, I know he was training to be a plumber but we’re talking about while training and just before hitting it big.

          2. MoyestWithExcitement

            “using your welfare to get out of the welfare trap. But it’s not exactly what it’s for,”

            That’s EXACTLY what it’s for.

          3. MoyestWithExcitement

            He was training for something that was going to make him rich. What’s the difference between him training on the dole and someone doing a Springboard course for a diploma while on the dole?

          1. ahjayzis


            Going from the dole to being paid to beat someone to a pulp / film every aspect of your life / producing internet porn is not social mobility, just as gladiators in the Colosseum, while they earned great wealth, were not signs of social mobility.

            McGregor is about as much a signifier of social mobility as Henry VIII’s jester.

          2. Neilo

            @Ahjayzis: Musician and record producer Quincy Jones is from a solidly working-class background in Chicago. Through his talent, training and applied skills he has fame, money and the ears of influencers from the Sec Gen, to heads of state to the Pope. It’s been said he has the biggest Rolodex on Earth. While he’s no Quincy Jones, I’d guess McGregor is on his way to being a global superstar. I mightn’t like all the aspects of the delivery system, but if McGregor’s rise isn’t a definition of social mobility then I’ve no idea what is.

          3. Nigel

            Well it depends on where you started from and from where you end up, but starting out poor and ending up rich is a rather crude and basic form of social mobility. There’s no moral value attached to the idea of social mobility, inasmuch as those who ascend socially through what you might regard as vile means have ascended every bit as much as those who do so using your idea of virtuous or neutral means. Plenty of Robber Barons in 18th century America to use as examples if you want. There may be nuances to how they are treated and how far they can go but those limiting factors say more about the society than the individuals. It isn’t about fairness, if that’s what you;re getting at.

          4. MoyestWithExcitement

            “Going from the dole to being paid to beat someone to a pulp / film every aspect of your life / producing internet porn”

            So MMA = reality TV = porn. Scratch that question I asked you. I know the answer. You don’t regard it as social mobility because you don’t respect his craft. And you don’t like it because “Scummy knuckle-dragging chavs” support it.

          5. MoyestWithExcitement

            I’m not asking you to respect anyone. I’m just calling what I’m seeing. Unadulterated classist snobbery and ignorance.

          6. ahjayzis

            Disrespecting your shaved ape’s ability to do violence to someone for money isn’t classist – in fact it’s pretty classist you think professionalised barbarity must be respected because the participants are working class.

            I mean we decry bare knuckle fighting on halting sites – why? Because not enough money changes hands? There’s not enough middle class people enjoying the proles beating lumps out of each other?

            If the next champion of the brawl or whatever is the son of a solicitor and an accountant can I mock them then?

          7. MoyestWithExcitement

            “Disrespecting your shaved ape’s ability to do violence to someone for money isn’t classist”

            Right. His fans are “Scummy knuckle-dragging chavs” but classism has nothing to do with this. Of course.

            “I mean we decry bare knuckle fighting on halting sites – why?”

            You might. I don’t. And anyway, are you going to compare travellers having a race on their halting site with Usain Bolt? Or course not because “knuckle dragging chavs” have little to do with athletics.

          1. Neilo

            Tell it to the descendants of rum runners, fur traders and merchants who populate the higher echelons of society all over the world. Try harder.

        1. Anomanomanom

          I can’t remember word for word so i won’t quote him. It was about plumbers working in toilets. ……… He was a trainee plumber. It seemed to be a fupp off towards them.

          1. ReproBertie

            He was a trainee plumber and several times has mentioned how he sat in a car outside a building site on a miserable winter’s morning watching all the other plumbers with their bad backs arrive for work and decided that was not the life for him choosing instead to focus on his training and break into the UFC.

            Hardly slagging off the working class but maybe Anomanomanom has a different story in mind.

          2. Chris

            So McGregor should return his title and cash, go back on the dole but this time use it properly to become the plumber you would have been proud of??? Jeez you guys need to get out more.

        2. Neilo

          @Moyest: I mentioned above that McGregor embodies social mobility. It can be argued that through his training, athleticism and application, he’s travelled places, met people and earned money that he mightn’t have as a tradesman. I though AHJ’s query was directed at me.

      2. Dόn Pídgéόní

        “He had all the time on his hands to train because he wasn’t working”

        Like most pro-athletes then?

      3. Nigel

        Training hard enough and long enough to succeed at this level isn’t working? What the hell do you think work is?

  3. Spaghetti Hoop

    Fair enough for DCC to recognise the achievements of a Dubliner. Once those that have no interest in the sport (or indeed sport itself) are not held up in their cars over it. These receptions tend to assume everyone gives enormous fuppery.

      1. Anomanomanom

        Cricket I understand, well I don’t, the bandwagon jumping I do. It was our country not just some bloke from Crumlin.

    1. ReproBertie

      Yeah, typically Irish. No other nation on the planet celebrates the success of one of their own. Only his family and people who were in the gym the first day he turned up should be allowed support him. Everyone else is a bandwagoner.

  4. Tish Mahorey

    So my comment was deleted.

    I’ll put it like this then. He’s a low life one trick pony who encourages aggression and is certainly NOT a role model for any child.

    Everything he utters is meandering nonsense.

    1. ReproBertie

      The last thing we want is children to see that hard work and dedication can pay off or that they should follow their dreams.

      1. ahyeah

        I know! If we go down that road, we’ll just end up with all these wide-eyed, idealistic kids harboring notions that work, dedication, commitment, sacrifice, application and belief will enable them to achieve goals. Pfffffff, who wants that!?!?

      2. Tish Mahorey

        You left out the other 99.99% of career choices.

        Good parents don’t need people like McGregor to show their kids what hard work produces.

        1. scottser

          good parents encourage their kids in whatever they want to do. they are there to reward them when they succeed and reassure them when they fail, i venture just like conor mcgregor’s folks.

        2. ReproBertie

          Good parents don’t need them but still find examples where hard work paid off useful. McGregor, Taylor, O’Driscoll, Keane, Britton, Brogan, Farrell, Hozier-Byrne, Hewson, Landy and any other Irish person who has worked hard to get where they are can only be an inspiration to others. Of course, the 9-5 office worker who eventually goes from post room to CEO can just as equally point to the success their hard work earned them but they’re not likely to be on the walls of many children.

    2. Padi

      I think he’s not a bad role model at all, his success in his field is clearly linked to disciple, hard work, team ethos etc. All really good messages for kids to hear. He like no other might be able to get across to disadvantaged/disillusioned kids in Dublin. Not a mega fan of him or MMA myself but being a bit brash aside (although kids will know that most of that is an act to boost his profile) he can hardly be seen as a bad influence for kids.

    3. Charles

      Couldn’t agree more, I just hope that anyone out there who is thinking of entering this barbaric industry (which uses and abuses gullible young men with few options and spits them out with God only knows what type of head injuries) come to their senses before its too late. The likes of Conor will make a few quid and the UFC will champion him as a role model and example of what hard work can attain, but we all know Conor will be spit out in a few years, the suits will have cleaned whatever few quid he didn’t blow on tailored suits and the next person who gets picked to be the front man will get his few years of fame.
      What ever happened to doing an honest days work?

      1. ReproBertie

        “Barbaric industry. Quit clutching your pearls. Aldo went down, was hit twice without protecting himself and the ref, seeing this, stepped in and stopped it. In boxing he’d get a standing 8 count to shake it off and then continue. In rugby he might, depending on how important the game was, get taken off and have to go through concussion protocols. In American Football he’d be back in again for the next play. In Gaelic games he’d get a swig of water and a pat on the shoulder.

        Meanwhile impressionable Irish youths are encouraged to head to their local training hall and take up a martial art, an activity that will encourage discipline and hard work and promote competition while removing the ego driven urge that leads to street violence.

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          “martial art, an activity that will encourage discipline and hard work and promote competition while removing the ego driven urge that leads to street violence.”

          +infinity You’d swear all the detractors here are just reactionary, self entitled whinge bags who don’t have a clue what they’re talking about and are just projecting their fear of working class people.

        2. rotide

          I’ve never done a martial art apart from judo in summer camp, so i have no idea whether any of thats true or not, however thats pretty much word for word what they say about the army and i’m not sure i believe that fully either.

          Note that I have no problems with martial arts, they just tend to be proselytized a lot more than other sports.

          1. ReproBertie

            I’ve spent over 25 years training in and teaching martial arts. In all that time I have never encountered anyone who trained and then went looking for a fight (outside of competition obviously). When you spent your spare time learning to fight and practicing with others of varying skill levels it changes your persepective on violence. The longer you train the better you become at inflicting damage and the less likely you are to do so. This is part of the discipline that it teaches. We spend much of our time teaching beginners how to talk their way out of a fight and de-escalate a situation. Going hands on is always the last resort and even then we teach them to only engage for as long as it takes to escape.

            Kung Fu literally means “skill acquired through hard work.” When you can see your skill increasing through training it’s hard to argue that hard work doesn’t bring rewards and you quickly realise that’s a philosophy that can be applied to every area of life. I’ve no doubt that the same can be learned from training a skill in anything – football, rugby, piano, chess – but few of these are so wrapped up in a philosophical side.

          2. meadowlark

            Completely agree with you Bertie. Anyone with any experience of martial arts will tell you the same.

    1. ReproBertie

      I don’t know of anyone who entered the octagon against their will. As long as it’s two consenting adults under supervision of a ref and a ringside doctor where’s the harm?

  5. Condescending Nana

    oh come on it’s not even a real sport, might as well give a trophy to the skangers in temple bar who mug you at 3am, slow clap for the inbreds.

      1. Tish Mahorey

        MMA is made up for people with no attention spans who want instant gratification and don’t know how to wait for things. The same knuckle heads who run for Ryanair seats like little fools.

  6. Birneybau2

    They should combine it with an Irish Water/Anti Austerity march/peaceful protest/standing around luxury stores.

  7. Anne

    I’m delighted for him and the millions he got from the pay per view revenues.. and he’s saying he wants to get in bigger revenues down the line, but have people not heard of Mobdro at all? I think the russians set it up to p*ss everyone off.. I get ABC, NBC, CBS etc on it anyway.

    It’s an app, with live streaming from tons of channels, all the sky sports channels too…you can get it on your smart phone or tablet and if you want to sync it up to the telly get a chromecast oe ez-cast or the likes.

    15 euro people were paying for the 13 seconds.. himself getting 2 -3 bucks of it.

    If I was inclined to be getting up in the middle of the night to watch him batin’ the head off the other fella, I wouldn’t be paying for it, that’s for sure.

  8. MoyestWithExcitement

    Lot of classist snobbery in this thread. It’s no wonder a petition was needed to give him a reception.

      1. MoyestWithExcitement

        Precisely. If McGregor’s fans came from Clontarf as opposed to Clondalkin, they’d have a much different opinion.

        1. rotide

          in fairness all the sports people in this thread are supporting him.

          In my experience the vast majority of sporting snobs tend to like soccer and thats it thankyouverymuch.

          1. rotide

            The people who usually reply to the sports threads when the tiresome ‘rugby is for posh people, soccer for working class and gaa for the culchies’ trope is brought up

          2. Saint Paul

            No not all sports people in the thread

            Saint Paul is indifferent because while his athleticism and dedication are to be respected his is decidedly the path of the thug.

      2. rotide

        Rugby is actually pretty sophisticated Anne but don’t let actual facts get in the way of whatever point your trying to make.

        You should go back to touting piracy.

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          “Rugby is actually pretty sophisticated Anne but don’t let actual facts”

          That’s an opinion. Jayzus.

        2. Anne

          Watching streamed TV isn’t illegal Rosey..

          I’ll take your word for it regarding the rugby.. even though half of them have thicker ears than McGregor.

          1. Anne

            Parting with your hard earned (maybe not in your case -we’ll say earned) is not mandatory Rotsey.

            Again, live streaming is not illegal.

            You should check out You Tube too while you’re at it.. very informative.

          2. rotide

            I’m not sure if your trolling here or not but surely you can see the difference between watching something someone uploaded on youtube (or indeed youtube paid for the right to stream) and a russian app streaming a PPV event for free.

          3. Anne

            The difference is parting with your cash V not parting with your cash.

            Streaming aint illegal sweet cheeks.
            Because someone wants to make money out of it, doesn’t mean you’ve to pay.

            I can’t explain it any simpler now. And it’s not just PPV events.. You can get tons of channels.

            Here’s another site if you’re afraid of the Russians –

          4. rotide

            ok, i’ll take your offering of filmon as an example that your either trolling or are about 5 years behind the times.

            Yes, it’s illegal anne.

            ps try xbmc, its a lot better than the yokes your using.

          5. Anne

            “Yes, it’s illegal anne.”

            All right, all right.. i’ve uninstalled it now.. please don’t report me.

  9. ColintheDachshund

    It is a dangerous sport for sure but no more there is with all sports played to a professional level, whether it’s rugby or hurling etc. But is it more dangerous than them? Factually speaking, Rugby the darling of the middle classes in Ireland has a far higher record long term injury damage. MMA again to be factual leads the way in head trauma recovery and recognition of such and all injuries.

    But to get back on point Conor McGregor certainly as a new Irish World Champion certainly deserves the same accord offered to all our athletes successfully representing themselves on a world stage. Maybe look past your biases, a civic reception doesnt have to mean closing off O Connell st

  10. Eamonn Clancy

    Keep working class Dubliners in their boxes. How dare they attempt to smash their way out of the stereotypes we prefer them in, how bloody dare they.

      1. Chris

        I have read this all and I have deduced that in order to please these muppets McGregor must return world title plus proceeds, go back on the dole, but this time use it properly to become the true plumber we all can be proud of. Well guess I’ll go break it to him.

        1. Anne

          Tell him he’s a bit of a fine thing while you’re at it too will ya. :)
          Got lots of red panties too..

          And don’t mind them going on about the dole.. they’re on the scratcher themselves or else they’re in work, doing fupp all, anxiously looking over their shoulders, spouting plop on here.

          In all fairness, some of them could be on their breaks.. extended breaks mind you. lol

    1. Tish Mahorey

      “How dare they attempt to smash their way out of the stereotypes we prefer them in, how bloody dare they”

      They usually confirm their own stereotypes just as south county Dublin private schools chaps confirm theirs.

  11. Anne

    “Going from the dole to being paid to beat someone to a pulp / film every aspect of your life / producing internet porn”

    Did he do a porno, seriously? Got the link.. that’s something I’d pay 15 euro for now..

          1. Saint Paul

            Saint Paul was perusing that internet thing the other day and he saw there was a whole category now devoted to your fetish.

          1. Saint Paul

            Yes because heaven knows there are literally a biblical deluge of sanctimonious wafflers on this thing already.

  12. Anne

    “I meant not looking for work. He was training”

    What the fupp are ye on about the dole for?
    You know nothing of what payment he was on… and besides, he was training for a job.
    Not your typical job like plumping, but UFO champ, fair fupps to him.

    Anyone know anything about the porn?

    1. ReproBertie

      Porn was only mentioned as one of ahjayzis’s suggestions for well paid things that do not amount to social climbing (even though porn can be all about climbing socially oo er missus etc etc).

      I have not heard of McGregor doing any actual porn.

  13. Frilly Keane

    Ah here
    I’m not reading all the above

    But that lad should have a homecoming

    He’s a World Champion
    What he sounds like had noting ta’ do with his title

    1. Djizandipus

      You should have read it though, Frilly Keane. ‘Tamed thugs’, ‘Social mobility’, ‘Suits cleaning him out then spitting him out’, ‘head injuries’, ‘Roman Gladiators’ in the context of his lack of real social mobility, ‘not a real sport’, ‘UFC’s a boys club’ , ‘tracksuits’, ‘snobs’, and ‘Quincy Jones’ all featured. I poo you not.

      What kind of gathering is this place?

  14. some old queen

    The body? THE BODY? Hate the tats and the friggen beard but THE BODY. Steroids obviously. It’s an unregulated sport so big cancers brewing. Let’s start with a colostomy bag.

  15. Kieran NYC

    Fair play to him in one respect. If you change shoes and train, it’s a sport.

    What I don’t like is that he’s a complete ARSEhole who sounds like a concussed five year old. That’s why I don’t think he’s much of a role-model.

    1. scottser

      i believe the arseholery is in fact part of the entertainment. boxers do it too. mcgregor does not have to psych himself up by trash-talking his opponent, he is fully aware of the psychology of winning as probably most top athletes are. keane talked bout it too in his biography, the motivation to win is the fear of losing, and fear is your biggest opponent – the other guy is largely unimportant. i’m sure he’s a nice bloke in private.

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