What is Conor McGregor’s Walkout Song?

Published 07/06/2021, 1:46 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor waits for the start of his welterweight bout against Donald Cerrone during UFC246 at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


UFC icon and perpetual spotlight holder Conor McGregor is perhaps the biggest superstar that has represented the promotion. He carries a persona that separates him from almost everyone else that laid their foot inside the octagon. Everything he does becomes a headline.

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Be it the trash talking he does on his opponents before his fights, the social media rants he carries out regularly, the tattoos that he possesses, or the walkout song he uses to make his way to the octagon, all run on the front pages of every other MMA article.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The Irishman proudly wraps the Irish flag whenever he makes his presence for a fight. As such, his walkout song is also an ode to the country he belongs to.

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McGregor usually walks down to The Foggy Dew, an Irish folk ballad. Foggy Dew is an Irish war ballad where the lyrics describe the Easter Rising that took place in April 1916. The song heartens McGregor to fight for Ireland instead of Britain, as they did in world war one between 1914-1918.

The version the ‘Notorious’ one uses for his walk to the ring is the one Sinead O’Connor sang on the 1995 Chieftain’s album The Long Black Veil.

At UFC 189 in Las Vegas, O’Connor sang a live rendition of the song for McGregor‘s entrance against Chad Mendes. Generally, his song mixes with Notorious B.I.G’s 1997 hit Hypnotize, from the album ‘Life After Death’.

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He first used this song in his matchup against Diego Brandao in a UFC Fight Night event in Dublin, Ireland in 2014. In front of his home crowd, McGregor had picked up a KO victory.

Conor McGregor reflects on the song sung by Sinead O’Conner

As mentioned, Sinead O’Connor performed the song live for McGregor as he walked out to fight at UFC 189. Everyone sitting around the arena had goosebumps as it was so intense.

After picking up the victory, McGregor (22-5) reflected on the magnificent performance by the singer. He said, “My god, that was some moment. I looked down and Sinead is surrounded by lights and smoke and she just points at me.”

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“Sinead is an absolute legend, an Irish hero, a passionate, powerful, and strong woman. It always sends chills through my spine, anytime I listen to her. Seeing her live was an absolute honor.”

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As long as McGregor plays it for UFC, everything associated with him will make headlines including his walkout song. It will interest the fans to see what McGregor has in store next time he walks the aisle.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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