One diehard Conor McGregor fan recounts a near-miracle spurred by watching one of his idol’s fights.

By SI Wire
February 24, 2016

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.

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