Conor McGregor Is ‘Absolutely Devastated’ About The Las Vegas Mass Shooting

The UFC Lightweight Champion On The Tragedy

The mass shooting in Las Vegas is not just touching people from the United States, but people from around the world.  That included UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor who posted on his social media his heartfelt message.

McGregor wrote “Absolutely devastated upon hearing the news in Las Vegas.¬† A city with so much energy and life.¬† A city of celebration and enjoyment.¬† A city so close to my heart.¬† I pray for all the victims, their families, and everyone affected by this senseless act of violence.”

Of his ten fights in the UFC, McGregor has fought in what’s known as “Fight Capital of the World” five times.¬† At UFC 194, McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds to win his first belt, the featherweight championship.¬† McGregor was in Las Vegas recently where he trained in preparation for his boxing fight against Floyd Mayweather. ¬† Las Vegas is also home to the UFC headquarters and many of the fighters from the organization.

Photo: AP/John Locher

No news on who McGregor is going to fight next.  UFC 216 is taking place in Las Vegas this weekend at the T-Mobile Arena.  The event is headlined by Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee, who will fight for the Lightweight Interim Title.  The winner has a good chance to fight McGregor for his belt.

The shooting is the worst in U.S. history, with 59 people dead and over 500 injured.  The shooter was identified by police as Stephen Paddock, who fired many bullets from his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay at an outdoor concert crowd across the street.

The UFC has pledged $1 million to the families of those affected by the massacre.  UFC commentator and stand-up comic Joe Rogan is donating 100% of the money from his show that will take place Friday night in Las Vegas to the families of the victims as well.

 

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