The world’s biggest MMA star Conor McGregor was not allowed to enter Round Zero Gym in La Spezia, Italy.
As reported by Citta Della Spezia, UFC Megastar, and MMA icon Conor McGregor was denied entry at the Round Zero Gym in La Spezia, Italy.
The former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion is enjoying with his family in Liguria, Italy. Conor McGregor and his family then chose to stay in La Spezia and he then requested the gym owner that he wanted to train for a week in their gym along with his teammates.
The gym’s owner Luca Riccardi described what happened “He entered the door and asked me to use my gym for a week,” Luca Riccardi, the Round Zero Gym owner, told Città della Spezia. “I looked at the [registered students] and saw that I have no room for him. I had to send someone home, but those are the people that pay my bills, so I gently said I couldn’t take him in.”
Later that afternoon, Riccardi had a chat regarding the same with his son, and his son told him that it was a bad idea to not allow McGregor to use their gym. “He told me that I was crazy”, Riccardi recalls.
Luckily, Conor McGregor and his entourage came back the next day and this time the owner decided to let him in.
“I spoke to my customers and asked them if that was cool for them. Of course, everybody agreed, telling me that they would have been proud of hosting him and they moved to a secondary, smaller room.” Riccardi, a boxing coach, said that McGregor was very kind and humble.
“He warmed up and then asked me to train together,” he said of McGregor. “I wasn’t embarrassed, I’m a coach so I treated him the same way I would have treated any other student. I noticed that he rarely goes for the body, he always looking for the headshot. I even gave him a couple of advice since he’s willing to fight Pacquiao.”
“I have acted professionally the whole time because that’s what I am,” the Italian gym owner concluded. “The only time I’ve been emotional was when Conor was sparring with my son and he turned to me and told me ‘he’ll be a champion.’
McGregor is reportedly preparing for a boxing match with Manny Pacquiao, but at the same time, there are speculations been made that he may also return to UFC for a fight against his former opponent Dustin Poirier.
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