UFC Star Conor McGregor Demands Ireland to Exit the EU After New Round of Wuhan Virus Restrictions

Former featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor called on the Republic of Ireland to leave the European Union in light of new Wuhan virus restrictions rolled out in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus.

According to Christopher Leebody of The Belfast Telegraph, McGregor said the Republic of Ireland should “talk leaving the European Union”.

McGregor made several posts on social media alluding to the rule changes that the Irish government pursued which consists of nightclubs being shut down and restrictions on indoor hospitality being imposed starting on December 7. The restrictions will be lifted on January 9.

McGregor is back in Ireland recovering from an injury – a broken leg –  that he suffered during his fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.

Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Michael Martin gave a speech on December 3, 2021 where he announced that Ireland will restore some Wuhan virus restrictions for the Christmas season, after receiving “very stark” advice from health figures.

In a national speech he delivered on December 3, Martin declared: “The risks associated with proceeding into the Christmas period without some restrictions to reduce the volume of social contacts is just too high.”

Several of the measures that will go into effect starting on December 7 are the closure of nightclubs and stringent social distancing requirements for bars and restaurants. 

Similarly, the hospital sector will go back to the situation before October 22, with regulations that mandate a maximum of six adults per table and no multiple table bookings.

McGregor is a major mixed martial arts icon. He’s the third fighter in UFC history to win championship belts in two divisions (featherweight and lightweight). However, in recent years, he has been in a slump. Since he won the UFC lightweight belt in 2016, McGregor has been 1-3. 

Nevertheless, McGregor is a pay-per-view heavyweight, with his fights selling well over 13 million PPVs, the most in MMA history.

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