No Home Coming For McGregor Since The Irish Sports Council Does Not Recognize MMA As A Sport

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According to a recent article by the Irish Examiner, there are no plans for homecoming reception for Conor McGregor. The UFC featherweight champion, flush from his historic win over Jose Aldo at UFC 194, may have plenty to crow about, but shouldn’t expect the red carpet to be rolled out after his recent win.
The Dublin City Council, which has hosted homecomings for other notable sports individuals and teams, won’t be doing the same for McGregor – at least not yet. The Council has held such events for Olympic medalists Kenny Egan, Paddy Barnes and Darren Sutherland, as well as the Grand Slam winning rugby team.
Yet McGregor’s celebratory reception has not been planned, according to a Council spokesperson. Few MMA fighters can boast his accomplishment, with the stunning TKO that took down Brazilian Jose Aldo in only 13 seconds in the first round of their December 12 bout.
However, he needn’t fear being overlooked, as scores of his fans stand ready to give him a hero’s welcome home, and are apparently not waiting around for the Council to organize an event. McGregor himself won’t be sitting on his laurels either, as he takes some time off and isn’t expecting to return to Ireland before Christmas.

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