The first ever American to win a gold medal in women’s freestyle wrestling at the Olympic Games, Helen Maroulis has been rubbing shoulders with Conor McGregor! The two even got to train together.
Apparently The Notorious got a chance to up his wrestling skills and substitute grappling coach Dillon Danis with Maroulis for a day!
Maroulis, who is currently based in Oslo, spoke to TMZ about how she came to spend some time under John Kavanagh’s watchful eye at SBG Ireland.
“A friend through United World Wrestling knew John [Kavanagh]. He contacted him and said, ‘Hey, this girl is looking about maybe going into MMA. Can we put something together where she can come train with you guys?’”.
“John set that up and was like, ‘Yeah, Conor will come in and train with you’ and in my mind I’m like, ‘Well, I’m sure he’s got other things to do. We’ll see if it happens’. Sometimes high level athletes, maybe they won’t always respect women’s wrestling — you never know — but I’m very thankful it was wrestling. I just came from a striking course but I definitely wouldn’t want to spar with Conor!”