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UFC champ Conor McGregor to star in Game of Thrones

By Brian Mallon and Ali Gordon

Conor McGregor is set to star in hit Northern Ireland-based HBO show Game of Thrones.

The UFC fighter was in Belfast last week for appearances at the Devenish Complex and China White nightclub.

“It’s been agreed that McGregor will appear in one of the remaining two seasons of Game of Thrones,” a well-placed source told Sunday Life.

“He was headhunted as it were by HBO, as one of the Game of Thrones directors is a huge UFC fan. They believed that he would be a perfect fit for the show.”

Cold Feet actor James Nesbitt is also rumoured to be appearing in the show which stars Kit Harington, Conleth Hill and stunning leading ladies Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner and Lena Headey.

While the Irish MMA poster boy’s role in the locally filmed TV show remains unclear, it’s not the first time McGregor has joined forces with the Game of Thrones franchise.

Last year McGregor trained with Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane from the show. A video of him sparring with six foot nine, 400lbs Icelandic strongman  Hafpor Julius Bjornsson went viral.

‘Notorious’ McGregor has previously hinted at his love for medieval fantasy, like that depicted in Game of Thrones.

“If this was a different time, I would invade his favela on horseback and would kill anyone who wasn’t fit to work, but we’re in a new time so I’ll whoop his (Brazilian fighter Jose Aldo) a** instead.

“My ancestors originated from the Scottish Highlands back in the day, they fought alongside William Wallace in the fight for freedom against the English intruders.

“We have been fighting since day one and I have become obsessed with that a little bit.”

Speaking at a Q&A at the Devenish Complex, McGregor expressed his love for Northern Ireland, and there was some exciting news from Belfast boxer Michael Conlan.

The 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, who exited the 2016 Olympics following a controversial judging decision, said: “On my debut in Madison Square Garden, on March 17, St Patrick’s Day, walking out with me carrying the tricolour will be Conor McGregor!”

McGregor added: “Since early days I’ve had a crazy following up north. The support I’ve had here has been absolutely unbelievable. I came here to enjoy life with the Belfast people.”

McGregor, who is expecting his first child with partner Dee Devlin in May, even made time for a FaceTime call with world boxing champion Carl Frampton.

The sportsman from Tigers Bay tweeted: “Just had a face time with the legend @TheNotoriousMMA. He’s coming to boxing to make more $$$ #Notorious.”

Last week Frampton admitted that while he loved McGregor, he thought top fighter Floyd Mayweather would beat him in a boxing match, if McGregor ever switched to the ring.

McGregor was recently awarded his pro boxing licence, which would enable him to fight Mayweather if the opportunity arises.

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