Conor McGregor isn’t the first name you think of when you think about acts of kindness. The controversial Irish MMA star does have a giving side, though. He recently made a huge contribution to Bellator fighter Ian Coughlan.

McGregor‘s fellow Irishman suffered a spinal cord injury while training. The accident results in him being paralyzed from the waist down. Stem cell treatment to potentially repair the injury costs 73,000 Euros. McGregor took care of a large chunk of that, and asked his fans to contribute too, via Twitter.

“Guys let’s get together and support this young Irish fighter who suffered a terrible injury at a gym in Ireland. Coach John and the team at SBG are hosting a training day and my own recovery permitting, I hope to be in attendance. There will be signed fight wear also!”

So far, the GoFundMe set up to help pay for the treatments has raised 39,725 Euros out of the 73,000 Euro goal. In addition to McGregor’s sizable donation, Irish WWE superstar Finn Balor (under his real name, Fergal Devitt), kicked in $1,000. It appears Irish athletes stick together.


In addition to the GoFundMe, a fundraising MMA clinic featuring John Kavanagh and the SBG team are hosting a seminar on December 18. The class features several known names in MMA. Conor McGregor hopes to attend if his recovery allows it.

Fight fans who want to help the cause can donate to the GoFundMe page. It’s great to see Conor doing something positive for a change. Everybody here at Thirsty sends our best wishes to Ian Coughlan!

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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