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Conor McGregor donates £8,600 for Irish twins to fight at MMA championships

When the mum of two young MMA fighters set up a GoFundMe page to help their boys compete in the world championships, she wasn't expecting Conor McGregor to answer her plea.

But sure enough, 'The Notorious' not only covered the amount needed for the two boys to go to Abu Dhabi, but added some extra as well. And now Irish youngsters Adam and Dylan Duffy can realise their dream of representing the IMMAF youth squad.

UFC star McGregor had met the two lads back in January at The Black Forge Inn pub in Dublin, one of his favourite jaunts. He signed memorabilia for the pair and posted an Instagram picture where he said "Great to meet you boys hope you enjoyed the grub."

Since then, the youngsters secured their spots in their national squad to take on the world in August, and their mum Liz set up the page to appeal for help with costs. She posted: "On Sunday May 22, Adam and Dylan got picked for the IMMAF youth squad to represent Ireland in the world championships.

"They will fly out to Abu Dhabi in August to compete in the worlds. Adam and Dylan train hard week in and week out. They never give up. They have the demands of secondary school life and the tons of homework to go with it. They train 5 nights a week sometimes twice a night. They give up their social life to do what they love.

"Making the team has made their year never mind day. We now need to raise them the funds needed to travel out to do what they do best. Anyone who knows the boys know how dedicated they are to the sport."

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She asked for €6,000, the equivalent of £5,122 – but McGregor, 33, matched that and more. To the disbelief of the boys he donated €10,000, or £8,600: "I was at training when I found out and my coach told me about it so calmly,” Adam told the Independent.ie.

“I was going insane. I thought he was joking until he showed me the comments. I feel like I have to win now because he donated all that money!” Dylan added the trip may not have been possible without the two-weight UFC champion's donation.

“We might not have been able to go without his help,” he said. "There are so many gyms out there and he donated to us, which is insane." McGregor's kind gesture contradicts a recent social media poll, where he was named the most-hated fighter among fans.

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