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After Floyd Mayweather, the UFC Legend Conor McGregor Pays His Tribute to the Ruler of Abu Dhabi – “I Am Mourning With the People of the UAE”

Published 05/14/2022, 3:31 AM EDT

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Conor McGregor, the former two-weight champion of UFC, paid his tribute to the late president of the United Arab Emirates with a post on his official Instagram account.

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On Friday, May 13, the president of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, passed away after a long battle with illness.


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Consequently, the ministry of presidential affairs declared 40 days of mourning with flags at half-mast and three days’ closure of the federal and local institutions and private sector institutions.

“I am mourning with the people of the UAE at the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed 🙏His legacy is historic.” The former UFC champion Conor McGregor wrote while sending condolences to the country.


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Also, in the wake of this situation, the much-anticipated boxing event starring Floyd Mayweather has been called off. Mayweather was scheduled to fight Don Moore on the helipad of the famous Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai this Saturday.

Meanwhile, UFC legend Anderson Silva was also set to fight Bruno Machado in the same event. However, the event is temporarily suspended after the tragic news hit the country.

Similar to McGregor, boxing legend Mayweather also paid his tribute to the late president of the UAE with an Instagram post. ‘The Notorious’ and ‘TBE’ are former rivals. Both clashed against each other in an exhibition boxing match in 2017.

In the match, Mayweather knocked out McGregor in the 10th round. This Money fight which took place in Las Vegas is one of the highest selling fights in the sport.

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UFC legend McGregor made a historic crossover in combat sport by fighting Mayweather in 2017. Although ‘The Notorious’ lost the fight, he made a fortune of over $100 million.

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McGregor is surely one of the biggest names in the sport. However, he is currently going through a rough patch in his career. He is eyeing a return this year after completely recovering from a previous injury. But is solely focused on the UFC title.


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Hence, it is highly unlikely that the Irishman will enter the boxing ring for now. However, given his money-making abilities and plenty of opponents to clash with, McGregor might surely repeat what he did in 2017.


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Afnan Chougle


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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.
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