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"He's a better fighter than a footballer": Lincoln FA Cup hero Alan Power on growing up with Conor McGregor

Mirror logo Mirror 17/02/2017 Liam Corless

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Lincoln City FA Cup hero Alan Power has recalled how he used to play Sunday league football with UFC icon Conor McGregor.

While Power is gearing up to face Premier League side Burnley in the fifth round of the FA Cup, McGregor is currently in the States stoking up interest in a potential boxing match with Floyd Mayweather - a fight that, if it takes place, could earn the Irishman a staggering $100million.

However, McGregor hasn't always lived the high life.

There was a time when he was playing football on muddy Dublin pitches with Power and, although the pair have long since lost touch, the Lincoln footballer says he and everyone who knew McGregor before the fame are all "so proud" of all he's achieved.

"Conor is huge in Ireland, especially in Dublin," Power told The Telegraph. "He’s someone I admire greatly, what he has achieved, it’s remarkable. We used to knock around in the same circle of friends back home when we were growing up. He played Sunday League football where I did, actually he wasn’t a bad footballer, but he chose a different path.

"He made the right decision, he’s a better fighter than a footballer, but who knows, I might have been the same!

"I’ve not spoken to him in years, he’s a superstar now. The last time I spoke to him he was cage fighting in Dublin and wasn’t too sure if he was going to continue with it, but he’s a phenomenon. When he went over to America to fight in the UFC, we lost touch, but everyone who knew him then, we’re so proud of everything he has achieved."

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