Conor McGregor has funded the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association’s (IMMAA) national youth squad trip, ahead of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation 2021 Youth World Champion campaign, which is taking place from July 29 to August 1 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
He has paid for the entire team’s trip; including travel and stay, as well as registration fees for almost 50 people.
A statement on the IMMAA’s social media page revealed how important these funds were, particularly due to a devastating year for gyms all over Ireland.
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This gesture by Conor has come at a time when Irish MMA needed it most.
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 himself had also sent a message of support to the team, wishing them success:
Wishing the Irish squad the very best of luck in their quest at the world championships this year! 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!