Conor McGregor has once again shared his thoughts on the coronavirus, which has sent shockwaves across the entire world. The outbreak of the disease has led several countries to impose partial and full shutdowns in order to minimise the number of new cases.
Those shutdowns have included the indefinite postponement of sporting events and mass gatherings, with the next three UFC events falling by the wayside.
McGregor’s homeland of Ireland has also felt the full effects of the virus, with schools, gyms and other public places being closed.
At this moment in time, the UFC’s poster boy is unable to take part in training sessions at SBG Ireland or SBG Naas due to the outbreak.
And he made his feelings on Covid-19 clear in an Instagram post on Friday night.
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Take that, corona virus
Conor McGregor on Instagram
Alongside a picture of himself about to land a kick on a sparring partner, whose face was covered by a green blob, McGregor wrote: “Take that coronavirus.”
McGregor’s post comes just a few days after he urged the public to follow the guidelines from the World Health Organisation and their respective governments to help stem the flow of the virus.
During a wide-ranging interview with Maxim, McGregor said: “Hand hygiene is key.
“The good habits we will have gained from this wild COVID-19 attack will see us too strong in the future.
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“Everyone should stay vigilant, isolated, and safe with their families at home.
“People should not think for a second that it won’t effect them and put their guard down.
“We are all in this together around the world and will beat this.”
McGregor, 31, made his long-awaited return to the Octagon in January in the main event of UFC 246 in Las Vegas, where he locked horns with fellow fan favourite Donald Cerrone.
The former two-division champion decimated ‘Cowboy’ in 40 seconds to pick up his first win in over three years and become the first fighter in UFC history to register stoppage victories in the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight divisions.
McGregor is hoping to return to his active ways in 2020, setting his sights on two more outings this year. And ‘The Notorious’ is adamant he’ll soon remind the entire world that he’s the best fighter on the planet.
“I’ll tell you this: I’m entirely focused on the sport I love, on winning fights like I did in January in 40 seconds against Donald,” McGregor said. This year is going to be huge for me – and the world will see that I am still the best fighter in the history of the UFC. There will be many more fights in my career.
“I love what I do. I’m as hungry as ever. Retirement isn’t on my mind.”
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