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I'm ready for UFC – fighting ace Conor

BROKEN bones, broken noses, it's all in a day's work for Conor McGregor.

The 24-year-old Dubliner is about to break into the world's most controversial and violent sport – the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ultimate Fighting is one of the most intense and unforgiving sports in the world, with a reputation for extreme violence.

Created in America in the early 1990s, the sport has had a controversial history; at one time it was banned in 36 states in the US.

But for fighters who make it to the top, the rewards can be huge; some 30 fighters have been made millionaires in the short history of the sport.

McGregor is hoping that he has what it takes to join their ranks.

"I'm a true martial artist and I'm going in to win everything," he says.

On April 6, McGregor will make his debut against American fighter Marcus Brimage in Stockholm, Sweden.

Brimage, known as 'the Bama Beast', is a talented fighter who has won six of his seven fights.

However McGregor, nicknamed 'Notorious', believes he can beat Brimage.

Based in Straight Blast Gym on the Longmile Road, he trains relentlessly: three to four times a day for three hours at a time.

McGregor is looking to make a name for himself on the international stage, he has been looking forward to this opportunity since he was just eight years old.

"I used to love wrestling and boxing, I really looked up to Muhammad Ali and those guys," he says.

He's also looking forward to representing his country in the sport and encouraging others to participate.

"This is the purest form of unarmed combat and I'm going to put Ireland on the map. I'm hoping to educate the Irish public about this sport."

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