The moment the Elite Irish Cadet MMA team discovered from IMMAA President @coach_kavanagh that @thenotoriousmma
has been offered to pay the full price of each athlete and their coach travel to @immafed
World Youth Championship
– IMMAA (@IMMAAOnline)
June 26, 2021
Conor McGregor gives back to his country’s mixed martial arts sport ahead of his huge Dustin Poirier trilogy at UFC 264.
The former two-time UFC champion supports the participation of the entire Irish youth team in the International Mixed Martial Arts MMA 2021 Youth Championship, which will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria from July 29th to August 1st. According to an announcement, McGregor pays for the entrance fees, flights and accommodation of 27 young athletes and 20 coaches.
“I wish the Irish team the best of luck in their quest for the World Cup this year!” McGregor said. “From the fighters to the coaches, I know that the future of our fighting nation is in a great hand. Fight with the pride of Emerald Isle, team! We are all with you. Good luck!”
In 2019, the Irish team finished sixth in the IMMAF Youth Championship. Competitors range from 12 to 18 years old and the event will be available for streaming, with details to be announced later. The rules are amended by the IMMAF Amatur MMA guidelines to prohibit warnings for persons under 18 years of age.
“It is fantastic for all athletes, coaches and the Irish MMA community that Conor has shown his passion for the MMA sport in this way and is helping to pave the way for the next Conor,” said IMMAF President Kerrith Brown. “We at IMMAF appreciate Conor’s support for in-depth athlete development and his support for John Kavanagh in MMA as President of the Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association. The value of this approval extends beyond the money in terms of focus and sense of purpose it gives to the team. This is IMMAF, working in communities to deliver a value from MMA for social good. “
UFC 264 takes place July 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and leads the third race between McGregor and Poirier. The Irish star last appeared at UFC 257 on January 23, when he suffered a second technical knockout loss in a rematch with Poirier in Abu Dhabi.