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Conor McGregor is, for all intents and purposes, the most recognizable MMA fighter on the planet. Hell, even those who don't watch the bloody sport know who this guy is, as he's found himself in the mainstream thanks to a terrific career who has become the face of UFC.
And there are some obvious perks to being McGregor, obviously, with this latest story being one of the my all-time favorite.
Talking with the Irish Independent recently, McGregor's coach, John Kavanagh, spilled the details on, not only, how McGregor wound up inside J-Lo's birthday bash uninvited, but then landed a dance with her, too.
Independent: Talk to me about the spotlight: you posted a link on your Twitter feed last July to another Mac Life and described it as "the best episode yet". You're in Vegas preparing for the rematch with Diaz and Ronaldo shows up at the training camp with a few pals.
Independent: They start chatting and we catch a glimpse of you in the background, staying out of the way.
JK: Yeah, I didn't speak to Ronaldo until later that night.
Independent: What happened that night?
JK: We went to J-Lo's (Jennifer Lopez) party.
Independent: OK, and this is what's confusing me, because it's obvious from the video that Conor hasn't been invited to this party.
Independent: He doesn't know J-Lo?
Independent: So how do you end up at the party?
JK: That's just cheeky Conor, a throwback to his youth. He just says: "Ah sure I'll come along." And Ronaldo goes: "Ehh…OK."
Independent: (Laughs) Really?
JK: Yeah and we're all there thinking: 'How can Ronaldo invite us to this gig? Who's going to be there?' Even in the car as we're driving in: 'Wait! This a terrible mistake. We're going to walk in here and be thrown out by some security guard!'
Independent: And were you?
JK: We go in and J-Lo catches his eye and comes running over like a schoolgirl: "Oh! Conor McGregor! Thank you for coming. Let's dance!" She drags him to the dancefloor and they start dancing and I'm like: 'Oh, here we go, just another crazy story.' Ronaldo is there. He comes over, tells me that he reads everything (I write) and follows me on Instagram. I'm thinking: 'Wait until I tell my dad about this!'
JK: He kept coming over, and then he would drift away, and then I'd be in another part (of the room) and he'd come over again. (Laughs.) And it got to the stage where Orlagh was like: "Here's this sports megastar harassing you!"
Independent: He had you in a headlock.
JK: Yeah, it was like a drunk party: "I'll tell you this." But it was very enjoyable. We spoke about training regimes and the psychological aspects of competition and after a while I started to realise: 'This guy is just like Conor.' Just a one-track mind, no interest in anything else. Civilians would call them obsessed or say there was something wrong with them, but you can't get to that level unless you have that personality.
Well, this certainly puts all of my "you won't believe this story" stories to rest. Thanks, Conor McGregor, you've singlehandedly upped the ante so high that every party crasher can never top this one.