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Thursday 8 December 2016

'I'm going to be a father and it will mess up my head' - champ Conor

McGregor celebrating in New York
McGregor celebrating in New York

UFC champion Conor McGregor and his long-term girlfriend Dee Devlin are expecting their first child.

After beating Eddie Alvarez in New York's Madison Square Garden to add the lightweight belt to go with his featherweight title, the 28-year-old announced the biggest challenge of his life is on the way.

"I've a few announcements, one announcement is that I'm going to be a daddy early next year," McGregor said after becoming the first fighter to hold two UFC titles simultaneously.

McGregor and Dee met eight years ago in a Dublin nightclub. While their firstborn is on the way, the dad-to-be wasn't totally sure about the due date.

Celebrity

"I'm crapping my jocks, I'm not going to lie. I don't even know what way to take it, it's going to mess with my head because I don't want to bring a child into anything like this," he said.

"I don't want no little celebrity type s***e, I hate that. I don't want my family to be like that. That's a little thing that's in my head. I'm going to have this baby, take a little time and see what way I feel after that."

Asked when it's due, he added: "March. Is it March? It's not May is it? I thought it was March."

In the early hours of yesterday morning, southpaw McGregor downed Alvarez three times in the opening round, leaving the champion stunned and on the back foot.

Alvarez's attempts to take the fight to the mat were thwarted by McGregor, who continued to dictate the pace in front of a packed house.

Midway through the second round, McGregor unleashed another combination and this time there was no way back for Alvarez.

"Eddie is a warrior but he shouldn't be in here with me. You've got to have size, reach, length, you've got to have attributes," he told ring announcer Joe Rogan following the bout.

"I'd like to take this chance to apologise... to absolutely nobody," he said before taking his two belts and scaling the side of the octagon to celebrate.

UFC 205 took in almost €17m as it made its New York debut - and McGregor wants a bigger slice of the action.

"I've been happy to just continue doing what I'm doing but I feel I've out-worn the previous contract," he said of his deal with the UFC, which was sold for a record €3.7bn during the summer.

Gospel

"I know I'm the highest-paid already but I'm looking at what they're taking in. That list that was compiled to show the new owners, that's like the gospel right there.

"You want me to stick around and help service that debt and continue to push the company? Bring me on board for real, not just as this. I need to be set for life with this.

"If you want to be truly in on this then I need to be all in on this proper - as owner. An equity stake in the company, that's what I'm looking for."

Afterwards, McGregor, his coaches and entourage went to Marquee nightclub to celebrate his latest success where he proudly showed off his belts.

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