When Conor McGregor spoke to Gareth A. Davies recently, he informed the combat sports journalist that he found it hard to “engage” with many common conversational topics due to his all-consuming obsession with Mixed Martial Arts.
Providing an example, McGregor said that while others are talking about football or rugby, his head is usually elsewhere.
“People are talking to me and in my head I’m counting something. I’m counting up a number or I’m knee-deep in a sequence on the mat or on the feet”.
Still, McGregor was once a football fan. In fact, he has said on several occasions that playing professionally was his childhood dream. He is also a proud Irishman. So last night, when Ireland beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0 to book their place in the 2016 European Championship finals, Conor made an exception and took to Twitter to “engage” a little with the events of the evening.
The Dubliner even claimed that he took some inspiration from the performance of his footballing countrymen, and also from the passion of those who support them.
Great to see Ireland qualify for the Euro's tonight! So many passionate football fans in our country! Inspiring to see! #COYBIG
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 16, 2015
Hopefully the Irish team can find some inspiration in McGregor’s exploits as well, and they will go to France with the attitude he espoused in one of his most famous utterances – “We’re not here to take part. We’re here to take over!”
McGregor himself will soon experience the passion of the Irish fans once again, when a raucous band will follow him to the Nevada desert for his massive UFC 194 featherweight title unification bout with Jose Aldo, scheduled for December 12th.