Conor McGregor a castigat titlul de “sportivul anului”

Conor McGregor,  a fost numit sportivul anului 2016 de catre publicatia RTE Sport Awards, in colaborare cu Sport Irlanda.

A fost un an “bomba”pentru luptatorul irlandez, fiind primul sportiv din istoria UFC care a detinut doua centuri, la doua categorii diferite in acelasi timp.

“The Notorious”  l-a invins in noiembrie pe Eddie Alvares cu KO in prima repriza, in cadrul categoriei  lightweight 55 lb (70.3 kg).

Sportivul anului a fost ales prin vot online, McGregor reusind sa depaseasca 11 sportivi nominalizati, precum pugilistul Carl Frampton, fost campion WBA sau fotbalistul Daryl Horgan.

McGregor, la numai 28 de ani, a facut o avere de 22 milioane de $ din MMA, reusind sa se clasese pe locul 85 in topul celor mai bine platiti sportivi din lume, conform revistei Forbes, depasind-o pe sportiva de tenis Maria Sharapova.

Reactiile lui de dupa castigarea meciului cu Alvares si a noi centuri au ramas memorbile:

“It’s good to be on top, it’s good to be two-weight world champion. It’s been an amazing year, a learning year for me, a rollercoaster of a year with many ups and many downs.”

“I’m happy now, I came out strong at the end of it and here I am standing tall.”

That night was my entire’s life’s work, every single session, every single hour of training I put in was for that moment.”

“It was an unbelievable moment for myself, my team, everyone who has come up with me on this journey. It was an amazing night for us all.

McGregor a incins spirtitele fanilor si prin presupusul unui meci impotriva lui  Floyd Mayweather.

“I’ve got the boxing licence. His last pay-per-view was 350,000 buys. The fight was a flop, it was a dud. His last two fights have been duds.

“I certainly don’t need him.

“Of course the Floyd fight is the fight the public want to see, but we’ll see. These things take time.”