There’s only a handful of things walking the planet that can safely say they managed to bash Conor McGregor senseless, and a virus grown right here in Australia is the latest member of that exclusive club.

The United Kingdom is currently copping a full force blast of that atrocious and extremely dangerous influenza strain that swept across Australia this past flu season. It’s the same H3N2 strain of Influenza A that saw record numbers of reported cases here in Australia, and it’s prompted health officials in the UK to dub it the “Aussie Flu.”

The strain has, tragically, claimed lives in Ireland, and health officials are warning citizens to take precautions. McGregor, as it turns out, is not immune either.

The MMA star made a post on Instagram describing how himself and members of his family were struck down by the virus, leaving him “shaking in bed for two days” across the New Year.

The since-deleted post shoes McGregor rugged up in bed with his son, Conor Jr, with a caption explaining his predicament thusly:

Well that was a wild New Year’s Eve. Half the family hit with the Australian flu virus and some even left in hospital with it. I’ve never even been to Australia wtf.

One of the most intense few days I’ve gone thru [sic]. Big New Year’s Eve party cancelled at the last minute and I am left shaking in bed the past two days. I’ll leave that with the rest of the bad behind me in 2017 and take with me the many great experiences I’ve had this year!

Anyone who copped the flu this past season knows it’s absolutely no joke, so to put McGregor down for the count it must be in full flight in the UK.

‘Course this is definitely a weird place to get welled up with national pride, but something called the ‘Aussie Flu’ managed to put Conor Freakin’ McGregor on the mat.

As far as we’re concerned that puts us as a nation up 1-0.

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