Former UFC Champion Connor McGregor has agreed to a rematch with an old man who he allegedly punched recently in a Dublin pub.
The incident was captured on video and shared widely on social media.
The Challenge for McGregor to fight a rematch was made by Paddy ‘Pintman’ McCarthy (67), in the Liberties area of Dublin, the pensioner McGregor ‘allegedly’ punched.
It has since been confirmed that the fight will take place in Dublin on the 14th December this year.
Top commentators are calling it ‘the biggest rematch since Ali vs. Frazier in 1974’.
A Bit Softish
“To be honest I thought he was just some guy trying to pedal cheap booze,” Mr McCarthy told us. I never realised he was that particular D**k-Head.
“And again, to be honest, I didn’t really feel the punch he threw at me — it was the kind of punch your sister would use — a bit softish like. I think I will be ready for a proper fight under fair conditions.”
The pintman is actually a former marine
McCarthy originally from the Liberties area of Dublin emigrated to the United States when he was sixteen. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps and retired some years ago after achieving the rank of company sergeant major.
McCarthy undertook three tours of duty in the Vietnam conflict. He led a platoon during the invasion of Grenada and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation (PUC) for bravery in both the first and second Gulf wars.
He retired in 2000 after spending some years as Chief Marine Corps Instructor in both amphibious assaults and hand to hand combat.
Speaking to reporters McCarthy said, “to be fair to McGregor, I think he is just a bit misguided. We used to come across young-fellas like that in every recruit intake into the marines. The guys who think they are the bee’s knees always looking to prove how tough they are.
“In the Corps, it usually didn’t take long to teach them different. Usually, a quick kick in the balls quietened them.”
McCarthy Keen to Give it Another Go
McCarthy continued: “I’d be keen to give him another go. Like in fairness to the lad he must be seriously embarrassed.
“Like, in fairness again, I’m twice his age, sitting there with my back turned sipping my pint, he had the element of surprise and even then I barely felt his punch.
“And he’s supposed to be a world champion. World champion my God-Damn Ass! The lad who came second must have been a right wimp altogether.” Wayne said in a unique American/Dublin drawl.
McGregor confirms the fight via Twitter
McGregor has confirmed the date of the fight with a short and simple message on his Twitter.
We simply wrote ” Dublin, December 14th.”
Dublin, December 14th.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 16, 2019
McGregor in intensive training
McGregor is reported to have begun an intensive training regime in preparation for the rematch with the pensioner.
Whereas McCarthy says he will not be carrying out any special training —”I did my training in Nam and Desert Storm.”
He told reporters, “although I might have a root through my bedroom locker for my brass knuckle duster and steel toe-capped boots — we learn how to hurt in the marines and that Lad deserves a good kicking.”
Bookies have confirmed that the old man is the favourite for the rematch at 5/4 whilst the odds of Mcgregor winning is 3/1.
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