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Conor McGregor has once again shown that his role as the face of Irish mixed martial arts is a position he takes seriously.

Today, it was revealed the UFC superstar has funded the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association’s national youth squad ahead of International Mixed Martial Arts Federation 2021 Youth World Championship campaign, which takes place from July 29 to August 1 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

McGregor has paid for the entire team’s trip, which includes both travel and stay, as well as the registration fees for nearly fifty people.

In a statement on the IMMAA social media page revealed how important the funds were, particularly on the back of a devastating year for gyms across the country.

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“This gesture by Conor has come at a time when Irish MMA needed it most”, said Team Ireland head coach, Andy Ryan said. “Gyms were among the worst hit by the Covid pandemic and throughout 2020, thousands of young athletes were unable to train on the mats with their teammates and coaches. Those who persevered, trained at home, stayed focused and qualified to represent their country are now getting the ultimate thumbs up from their hero and I have no doubt this support will light a fire under the entire squad heading out to take on the rest of the world in Bulgaria. On behalf of the athletes, coaches and all the gyms of IMMAA, I wish to extend a huge thanks to Conor for this incredible sponsorship.”

McGregor also sent a note of support to the young team, wishing them much success as they look to apply their skills on the world stage.

“Wishing the Irish squad the very best of luck in their quest at the world championships this year!” McGregor said. “From the fighters to the coaches, I know the future of our fighting nation is in excellent hands! Fight with the pride of the emerald isle, team! We are all with you! Good luck!”

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McGregor is currently in preparation for his upcoming trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier, which takes place on July 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.