It turns out there’s a limit to Conor McGregor’s power.
Despite being a multimillionaire UFC champion with a fleet of cars (and maybe a chimpanzee), McGregor just came up short in his bid to get the royal treatment in his native Ireland. Following his 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo at UFC 194, someone named Patrick O’Leary submitted a petition to the House of the Oireachtas (the country’s legislature) to get McGregor’s face on Ireland’s One Euro coin. And they actually considered it during their meeting on Wednesday.
Because it’s not every day that people discuss putting your face on currency, McGregor was pretty psyched about the idea, and did all he could to drum up support (and we mean all he could). Sadly, though, thousands of retweets didn’t go very far because the Oireachtas committee deemed the petition inadmissible, saying they couldn’t get in touch with the person who submitted it.
And, to no surprise, McGregor wasn’t particularly happy with the decision.
Well fuck you Deputy Stagg https://t.co/w168kOBThK
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 13, 2016
Besides, even if the legislature had approved the petition, the odds were stacked against McGregor ever seeing his face on a Euro coin. A number of European Union countries have to approve these sorts of things, and it’s probably safe to assume they wouldn’t want the face of a boisterous man who beats people up for a living all over Ireland’s currency.
Then again, the country did put noted mixed martial artist W.B. Yeats on a commemorative coin just last year, so who knows?