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We all know that Conor McGregor isn't a guy to be messed with. We've seen what he can do inside the ring and you know that if you got on the wrong side of him outside of it, you wouldn't stand a chance.
But Conor is also the kind of guy who gives credit and respect where credit and respect is due - and that includes for actor/former Mr Universe and ex-Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently recovered from emergency heart surgery. When Conor heard the news, he tweeted the following:
What an inspiration and true legend you are Arnold @Schwarzenegger!
It is great to hear you are back in good health my friend :heart: https://t.co/mc5fxytZaC
- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 31, 2018
Of course, Arnie's announcement totally warranted that response because, well, the first words he reportedly spoke when he woke up were - yes - "I'm back."
The 70-year-old star of The Terminator apparently underwent surgery because the replacement valve that was put in his heart in 1997 due to a congenital heart defect had outlived its life expectancy.
Conor's tweet isn't completely out of the blue; the two have encountered each other before. Documentary Conor McGregor: Notorious captures the first time the pair ever met, and the admiration the men share for each other is clearly visible:
Conor McGregor: Notorious chronicles the life of the Irishman, from starting out and being on benefits to becoming the biggest name in MMA. It will also heavily feature his relationship with Dee Devlin, mother to their son Conor Jr.
It also includes some of the highlights of McGregor's career to date, such as his knock out win against Jose Aldo, his bouts with Nate Diaz and, of course, his fight with Mayweather. The cameras had unrivalled access to McGregor's life in the run up to the fight, so it'll be interesting to see how he prepared for it and he reacted to his loss.
And it seems that Arnie has just as much respect for Conor. According to The Mac Life, Schwarzenegger penned Conor's bio after the MMA fighter was listed as one of the most influential people in the world in Time magazine.
"Conor has a fire in his belly that can't be quenched with championship belts. There are no brakes that can stop his engine," Schwarzenegger wrote.
"Conor McGregor is more than a fighter, more than an athlete, more than a champion-although, as the first person in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship to hold titles in two weight divisions at once, he is clearly all of those things.
"Conor is also the rare personality who has become bigger than his sport. That lean, compact body must struggle to keep his enormous character inside."
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