Conor McGregor is the UFC lightweight champion, holds (literally) a featherweight belt, is trying to set up a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr, and is reportedly going to appear in talks for a role in Game Of Thrones.
Notorious is reportedly being lined up to appear in one of the remaining two seasons of the HBO fantasy drama.
“It’s been agreed that McGregor will appear in one of the remaining two seasons of Game Of Thrones,” said an unnamed source to The Sunday Life. “He was headhunted as it were by HBO, as one of the Game Of Thrones directors is a huge UFC fan. They believed that he would be a perfect fit for the show.”
Filming for the latest season is ongoing in Belfast, Ireland, and also in Iceland so perhaps the Dubliner who regularly Iceland’s Mjolnir gym, will not have to travel for the opportunity.
Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are big UFC fans, and appeared on the UFC Unfiltered Podcast in July, with Matt Serra and Jim Norton.
“We stayed up with a group of the actors until 6:00 in the morning watching the McGregor-Aldo fight in Vegas this past December,” they explained. “We talk more about MMA than we do Game of Thrones. Every day we get home from shooting we’ll just sit around drink beer and watch Fight Pass.”
“We loved Diaz’s line, ‘I’m not surprised motherf***ers.’ We were thinking of rewriting that line in the show.”
It is entirely unknown what role McGregor might play, but he already fought The Mountain. This was however some light sparring, in preparation for a contest under the Unified Rules of mixed martial arts. So eye gouging was strictly prohibited.
“That’s a big man – 6-foot-9, 400 pounds, and I still folded him up,” said McGregor afterward. “I was hitting him with some shots – I had to hit him with some shots. He was trying to hit me, as well. People say, ‘He was taking it easy.’ He tried to grab me and tried to pull my head off and I defended – freed the head. I was like, this motherf***er is so big, I have to start smacking him to the body. … But I sunk him good.”
Hafthor Julius Bjornsson saw it differently.
“He believes he won it,” said the real Mountain. “He does not know that I was taking it easy on him because he has a fight and I didn’t want to break him before the fight.”