Conor McGregor’s impact on his home country of Ireland has been palpable as his career has taken off.
One of his biggest fans, Graham Merrigan, spoke with SI to recount a few McGregor stories. Merrigan, who is wheelchair-bound, offered a powerful anecdote as he recalled McGregor’s 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo.
Merrigan was so shocked, he says, that he nearly stood up from his chair for a moment while McGregor celebrated.
Watch the video above, in which Merrigan — who has witnessed McGregor’s rise to global superstardom — shares a few memories.
McGregor is on the cover of this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated and will next fight Nate Diaz in UFC 196.