Only 10 days into 2018 and already we are getting to witness some really bizarre things. In one such incident on Wednesday, former featherweight champion and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion Conor McGregor went head to head with his new rival Virgin Media founder and all-round business billionaire Richard Branson at the Pendulum Summit in Dublin’s convention centre. They went shirtless on the stage and were pictured in an unforgettable face-off photo opportunity. Before you jump to any conclusion, there was no rift between the two and it was more of a paid publicity stunt as part of the Pendulum Summit, a business and self-empowerment event that took place at the Convention Centre in Dublin.
Actually, Branson was on stage to give a talk about his tips for success and was joined at the end by Conor McGregor. Branson is known for cutting people’s ties for photos and attempted to cut Conor’s top, with the ‘Notorious’ eventually taking his off for the comic showdown.
In response, Branson also took his shirt off to cheers from the crowd as both men squared up to each other – eternally captured in photographs that should be looked at only by the brave. The incident reportedly took place after Conor was presented with the inaugural Pendulum Summit lifetime achievement award.
The Irishman is believed to be a great fan of Virgin Media owner Branson – and judging by the barechested banter on display, the feeling is mutual. “He is not a knighted Sir on this soil,” he later posted on Twitter.
In his last fight, McGregor was defeated by Floyd Mayweather in the 10th-round TKO in Las Vegas in August – it should be recalled here that McGregor is not a boxer but a UFC fighter. The match drew a reported 4.3 million North American pay-per-view buys, which made it the second-biggest PPV event of all-time. In last few weeks, there have been rumours that Mayweather might get involved with UFC which fuelled the possibility of another McGregor-Mayweather match. However, the latter has dismissed those claims.