Conor McGregor has told of his heartbreak at the death of 14-year-old fan Brendan McGlone from Tyrone.
‘The Notorious’ was contacted by somebody from the Make A Wish foundation telling the 26-year-old fighter that a teenager suffering from cancer wanted to speak to him.
Brendan McGlone, 14, from Caledon, Co Tyrone, passed away peacefully on Monday night after a 10-month battle with stem cell leukaemia.
Speaking on Wednesday, Conor said: “What happened was I got a phone call from a person in the UFC.
“Someone from the Make A Wish foundation reached out to them and said, ‘this kid from Ireland, he has cancer or he has leukemia and this is probably going to be his last wish and it’s to talk on the phone to you.”
“So I rang the kid and we talked for a long, long time.
“I talked with his friends in the hospital and his family and today or last night he passed away.”
Brenda was a pupil at St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon, he travelled to Bristol in January for a bone marrow transplant and had also received treatment at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
The Dubliner promised to bring the world title back to young Brendan and even thought about bringing him out to Las Vegas to watch the fight if he was well enough.
Conor told Michael Landsberg on TSN’s Off the Record: “So it f***ed my head up because this little kid is in Ireland and I’m telling the kid I’m going to take this belt and I’m going to you,.. and I would have flew him out here to Vegas.
“They were thinking maybe if he got a little bit better they could fly him out here to Vegas.
“It’s just a really sad situation and it’s heartbreaking. I’ve lost family members to cancer and it is a horrible, horrible thing.”
Tyrone’s legendary All-Ireland winning captain Peter Canavan, Belfast Olympic boxer Paddy Barnes and Ireland rugby star Tommy Bowe were just some of the stars to take the time to visit the teenager during his illness.
After taking a call from the Dublin cage fighter, Brendan said: “Conor was a great inspiration and said all the greats have faced a great battle in their life and that’s what I’m doing now.
“He has offered to come meet me when he’s back in Ireland with his belt. I haven’t been to school since I have been diagnosed but I still keep in touch with my friends.”