Ripped Conor McGregor bursts out of floral shirt as he counts his cash and declares ‘Damn right I like the life I live’ – The Sun

CONOR MCGREGOR is not letting lockdown grind him down after counting his cash in an Instagram post.

The UFC superstar has maintained his figure after returning to the Octagon in January with a win over Donald Cerrone.

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And while he awaits his next challenge following the global spread of coronavirus, McGregor appears to be enjoying the free time.

Posing in a floral shirt, the 31-year-old replicated a painting behind him by holding a huge wedge of cash.

The MMA star appears in peak condition with his bulked torso and arms bursting out of his shirt.

Alongside the image, he wrote the caption: "Damn right I like the life I live."

McGregor has been keeping busy during the pandemic and has played his part in helping hospitals across Ireland.

After donating £920,000 of his own cash to hospitals, he followed it up by delivering PPE to 165 different locations.

It is claimed there were around 50,000 items of PPE supplied by McGregor in total.

McGregor will be hoping it won't be long before he steps back into the Octagon following the sport's return behind closed doors.

It was claimed UFC president Dana White held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss his future as he bids to earn a rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Nurmagomedov is in line to defend his lightweight title against interim champion Justin Gaethje, who won the belt at UFC 249 with an upset over Tony Ferguson.

And White reiterated on Saturday that 33-year-old Gaethje will fight Nurmagomedov, 31, with The Notorious instead being forced to face another challenge.

White said: "We're going to do Khabib and Gaethje in September.

"We'll see what happens with Conor this summer, but I'll be back in the office matchmaking.

"We're going to get back to work and the matchmaking meeting is on Tuesday."

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Conor McGregor hails UFC for staging three events in a week ‘without a hitch’ amid the coronavirus pandemic – The Sun

CONOR McGREGOR hailed the UFC for staging three events in a week "without a hitch" amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Promoter Dana White was faced with several hurdles as he attempted to put together UFC 249, having to twice cancel the pay-per-view show.

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But he was finally given a breakthrough this month after professional sports in Florida were able to resume.

White then staged 249 last Saturday and followed it with two Fight Night events, starting on Wednesday and then three days later all at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.

Fighters, training teams and staff received both swab and antibody tests throughout fight week, as well as having their temperatures checked daily and asked questions about coronavirus symptoms.

Swab tests can detect if a person currently has Covid-19, while the antibody is conducted via a blood sample and tells you if you have had it.

Only middleweight Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza tested positive for the virus forcing his fight against Uriah Hall to be cancelled, with the Brazilian then leaving the UFC's hotel to social distance and receive medical attention.

And former two-division champion McGregor – who has helped Ireland in the fight against the virus – applauded the UFC for their safety protocols.

He tweeted: "UFC on again tonight! Incredible! 3 shows in a week without a hitch.

"Only the 1 team tested positive pre fight but was discovered before any risk of further contamination.

"There is light at the end of this tunnel people! For sports! For schools! For businesses! Let’s go!!"

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Conor McGregor says he will ‘f–king butcher’ UFC’s Justin Gaethje

MMA star Conor McGregor had some ugly words for his potential next opponent.

The former UFC champ took to Twitter Monday to send a vile message to Justin Gaethje, who defeated Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on Saturday. There’s speculation that Gaethje will take on McGregor next.

“Justin, there is no danger in a man that hugs legs, we all know,” McGregor, 31, wrote. “Try and dance around what the real threat is here all you want. I am going to f–king butcher you. Your teeth. I’m going to put them on a f–king necklace. Speak on my skills as a father? You are f–king dead.”

It appears the McGregor’s sudden hostility stems from a tweet Gaethje sent in 2019 that criticized the Irish welterweight’s character and parenting.

“You’re a tool,” Gaethje, 31, wrote in 2019. “You have lost everything already. You are a sh-t human, father and husband. F–k you.”

Evidently, McGregor never forgot about it.

Gaethje said he had been requesting a fight with McGregor for quite a while, but that McGregor would never sign a contract, according to TMZ Sports.

“I wrote him a message like f—king 7 months ago just trying to be his friend. I’ve tried every route,” he said, per TMZ Sports. “I’m trying reverse psychology. I’m trying to be his friend. I’m trying every f—king route that there is to draw this man out. And I can’t draw him out. And he’s calling out Frankie Edgar. So it’s a slap in the face to me, to all the lightweights, and to really the standard that we f—king do here.”

After defeating Ferguson Saturday, Gaethje also said he hopes to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the real lightweight title.

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Conor McGregor next fight will be Nate Diaz trilogy which will do ‘big business’ for UFC, claims legend Michael Bisping – The Sun

CONOR McGREGOR has been tipped to fight Nate Diaz in a trilogy bout next and do "big business" in the process.

McGregor's immediate future looks uncertain with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov back on track to defend his belt against Tony Ferguson, having initially pulled out go UFC249 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Before the event got cancelled all together, No4 ranked challenger Justin Gaethje – who was in talks to face McGregor – agreed to step in on just two weeks notice.

It remains to be seen whether Gaethje will still be handed a shot at the interim title against Ferguson before Nurmagomedov returns, which looks likely to be in September.

Without a recognised next opponent, UFC legend and former middleweight champion Michael Bisping believes The Notorious will use the time to go back and settle and old feud with rival Diaz, with the pair 1-1 in their series of fights.

Bisping said on his podcast: "Conor's next fight will be Nate Diaz 3, that's my guess, that's my semi-educated non-circle of trust guess. That's me throwing s*** at a wall and seeing what sticks.

"He was talking about Nate Diaz, and Nate Diaz 3 will do big business.

"Conor will smoke Nate Diaz because Nate Diaz has always been an average fighter; he just built his f***ing career on choking out Conor McGregor.

"The second fight he got beat, and now because of all his inactivity, Conor will smoke him. So in the meantime, we'll get Conor-Diaz 3 and then he'll fight Khabib later in the year. That's my prediction."

McGregor was beaten for the first time in his UFC career in March 2016 as Diaz – on two weeks notice – submitted the Irishman in two rounds.

But The Notorious would go on to avenge the loss five months later on points, and has since won the lightweight belt, boxed Floyd Mayweather, suffered defeat to Nurmagomedov before returning in January with a 40 second KO against Donald Cerrone.

After the comeback win McGregor called out Diaz – who had just lost to Jorge Masvidal after suffering a cut during the three-round fight.

McGregor said: "Let's go Nathan, let's go brother. Number three, it's always here, so, we're right here Nathan."

The Dublin southpaw has continued to train in self-isolation amid the current  crisis, something UFC boss Dana White admitted leaves the 31-year-old's future unclear.

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Conor McGregor attends the funeral of his aunt in Dublin

Conor McGregor attends the funeral of his aunt in Dublin after clarifying she was NOT a victim of coronavirus following rant about ‘stupid disease’

  • The UFC star, 31, honoured the life of his aunt, Anne Moore, during a mass service in Dublin today
  • Conor was joined by his long-term partner Dee Devlin and 100 other mourners for the traditional Catholic gathering
  • Over the weekend, the mixed martial artist paid tribute to his aunt in an Instagram post, after receiving news she had died over the phone
  • He wrote in the post: ‘This stupid f****** virus. What the f*** is happening’
  • Conor confirmed she did not pass away from COVID-19 following a rant about the virus 
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Conor McGregor attended the funeral of his late aunt in Dublin today after clarifying she was not a victim of coronavirus.

The UFC star, 31, was joined by his long-term partner Dee Devlin as they honoured the life of Anne Moore alongside 100 mourners during a mass service.

Over the weekend, the Irish mixed martial artist paid tribute to his ‘lovely’ relative in an emotional Instagram post, where many believed she had passed away from COVID-19 after ranting about the ‘stupid’ virus. 

Conor McGregor attended the funeral of his late aunt in Dublin today after clarifying she was not a victim of coronavirus (pictured with girlfriend Dee Delvin)

Mourners linked arms as they remembered the former featherweight champion’s late aunt at the traditional Catholic ceremony. It is not clear how Anne passed away.

Sportsman Conor received the news about his aunt over the phone shortly before he was due to go on television in Ireland’s capital to promote his ‘Proper No 12’ whiskey brand. 

In a post announcing his family member had died, he wrote: ‘This stupid f****** virus. What the f*** is happening?’, leading many of his social media followers to believe Anne had died as a result of coronavirus.

In a later upload, Conor clarified she was didn’t pass away from the pandemic as he shared: ‘I want to clear up that it has been confirmed she was not a victim of coronavirus.

‘As we prepare for her funeral I know that many of us will confront the virus in the weeks ahead. 

Over the weekend, the Irish mixed martial artist paid tribute to his ‘lovely’ relative Anne Moore in an emotional Instagram post (pictured together) 

The mourners paid tribute to Anne with a personalised floral arrangement in a hearse

Mourners linked arms as they remembered the former featherweight champion’s late aunt

The UFC star, 31, was joined by his long-term partner Dee as they honoured the life of his beloved relative alongside 100 fellow attendees during a mass service

The sportsman made his way into the church with the mother of his two children

‘As I gather with my family I ask you all to make an extra effort to be there for friends and family during the stressful days ahead. And from my family, thank you for your support at this sad time.’

There are 119 cases of coronavirus on the island of Ireland  – 90 in the Republic of Ireland and 29 in Northern Ireland. One woman died from the virus in Dublin.

Ireland closed all schools, colleges and nurseries on Thursday until March 29, with outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people banned amid the growing coronavirus pandemic. 

Conor said he was no longer able to go on television and took his family to Bull Island, Dublin Bay, instead and ‘looked out at the sea’. 

Conor’s grieving father Tony was also in attendance at the traditional Catholic gathering

Classic white flowers was carried to the funeral by a church member

He posted a selection of photos, captioning: ‘I brought my family with me to the studio. 

‘Sitting in the chair about to beam live to all the U.S morning talk shows, I get a phone call telling me that my lovely little auntie Anne had passed away. 

‘I couldn’t go live anymore. My poor little friendly loving auntie. My mother’s sister. This stupid f****** virus. What the f*** is happening. 

‘I took my family to Bull Island. Looked out at the sea. Took a deep breath. Thank f***! Lord thank you.

‘Stay tight people! We are all we got. Rest in Peace Anne Moore I love you.’

The Cage Warriors’ World Champion’s sister, Erin, also paid tribute to her aunt, posting: ‘Looking through all the photos thinking I’m so glad you took so many photos of us all together. 

‘You to me are one of the strongest women I know. Nothing phased you and no matter what you just got on with it. I used to say ‘aunty ann you Moore ladies didn’t pass that gene on to me I’m a cry baby’ and you’d laugh. 

‘You taught me what loyalty and love and strength between a family is all about.’

Earlier in his post, Conor wrote about Ireland’s containment of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Irish UFC star vented his fury at coronavirus, posting: ‘This stupid f****** virus. What the f*** is happening’, which led his followers to believe Anne was a victim of the virus

In a later post on Instagram, Conor confirmed his aunt had not died from coronavirus (pictured with Anne as a baby)

The ex-lightweight title holder posted a selection of family photos, saying:  ‘My poor little friendly loving auntie’ (pictured with Anne and another relative)

He said: ‘Ireland you amazing, amazing country. I believe we have this virus contained. And through this containment, we actually may have gone and contained them all.

‘The good habits we will have now gained from this wild Covid-19 attack will see us too strong in future. Hand hygiene. Touching of own face hygiene. Consistent thorough cleaning of handled areas hygiene. 

‘What we should really be all doing anyway. I have always been on with my hand hygiene. But not enough. If I think of all the people approaching to shake hands and what not. 

‘I often get people say to me please I don’t want a picture, just let me shake your hand. And I’m like yes friend thank you. As it’s more efficient than taking a full picture. But it’s too careless. And too frequent. 

He also uploaded snaps with his daughter Croia, above, and a number of other family pictures. He was due to go on television to promote his ‘Proper No 12’ whiskey brand 

‘Touching my own hand to my face as well. Too unaware of the frequency I’d do it. Until now. I’d train my a** off, to the point of low immunity. It’s inevitable with the intensity of the training. 

‘The immune system will be tested. I would float around in this manner, and always end up catching little colds and flu’s. I feel bullet proof right now though! I’m switched on like a motherf***** now.’

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar made the dramatic announcement that all schools, colleges and nurseries will be closed in a speech given outside Blair House in Washington DC earlier this week.

He added that under the emergency measures, teaching will be completed online and museums, galleries and other tourist destinations will also close as a result of the action. 

The UK has yet to announce similar measures despite the infection rate soaring by more than 200 yesterday to around 800 with 11 fatalities in total. 

In a major escalation of the crisis, ministers are preparing to introduce emergency legislation early next week to allow all mass gatherings and sports events to be banned from next weekend.

It comes after sports bodies confirmed the postponement of the Marathon, the suspension of football matches and the cancellation of the England cricket team’s Sri Lanka tour. 

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