We were slightly sceptical when this story originated, and it turns out our gut feeling was right: UFC champ Conor McGregor won’t actually be appearing on ‘Game of Thrones‘.
Scottish paper The Sunday Life reported the story from an anonymous source, who told them:
“It’s been agreed that McGregor will appear in one of the remaining two seasons of Game Of Thrones.He was headhunted as it were by HBO, as one of the Game Of Thrones directors is a huge UFC fan.They believed that he would be a perfect fit for the show.”
Even UFC president Dana White referenced it, which seemed to confirm it as fact.
Sounds pretty concrete, eh? Well, naw.
At a ‘An Experience With Conor McGregor’ event in Manchester recently, McGregor spoke out about the speculation, laughing that he has absolutely no ruddy clue how that story even began:
“That was everywhere and I’ve never even heard about it! I heard about it once straight after the second Nate Diaz fight.Ari and Patrick was standing there, the new owners of the UFC, backstage in the dressing room after I beat Nate. Dana was in front of them, saying ‘these guys want you to be in Game of Thrones.’I’m banged up, my shin’s in a heap, I’ve been kicking Nate’s knees straight for twenty five minutes, my leg’s in bits, and he’s trying to offer me a Game of Thrones role. And I’m saying, ‘Listen, come at me with shit I want to hear, I’m not trying to be in show business, I’m trying to be in the fight business. Come at me with a real number to fight again.’So that was the only time I ever heard the words Game of Thrones. And it went everywhere like months later! So I don’t know where that came from.But I’ve never been in contact with nobody from Game of Thrones and now I’m starring in Game of fucking Thrones!”
Well, that’s pretty confirmed then – old mate doesn’t wanna fight White Walkers, he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather.
Keep it real, McGregor.
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