Two of the most iconic members of the Irish MMA explosion discuss the incredible impact that Conor McGregor had on everyone upon his arrival at SBG Ireland.
Ireland’s MMA scene, in the last five years, has come further than perhaps anyone could have expected given its relatively obscure beginnings within the last decade. For a sport that has not yet been recognized as such by the country’s government, the meteoric rise of mixed martial arts has seen several Irish men and women compete and be successful on several of the world’s biggest stages.
And though the likes of Aisling Daly, Neil Seery, Paddy Holohan and Owen Roddy have paved the way for the next generation of mixed martial artists in the country, no one has swayed the public’s perception of prizefighting quite like the UFC’s lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
McGregor’s influence on the world of MMA as a whole has been well-documented at this stage, but in a recent edition of Paddy ‘the Hooligan’ Holohan’s podcast ‘No Shame’, he and the SBG Ireland striking coach Owen Roddy took a moment to break down exactly how influential McGregor was on the entire camp as soon as he joined up.
The mental strength of the former two-weight world champion has been cited as perhaps his greatest asset as far as his domination of the sporting world is concerned, and in this brief section of their chat, the pair of Irish MMA icons gave credit to the ‘Notorious’ one for his effect on virtually everyone he trained with.
(If the time-stamp doesn’t work, skip to 55:20)
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