Tearful McGregor thanks Irish fans

Conor McGregor became very emotional after his victory
Conor McGregor became very emotional after his victory

An emotional Conor McGregor thanked the thousands of Irish fans who supported him after he beat Chad Mendes in the second round to clinch the UFC featherweight interim title.

McGregor said: "The Irish people that supported me, I swear to God, I did it for us.

"I'm extremely grateful to everybody that saved up and sacrificed to come over."

In his press conference, McGregor admitted he was overwhelmed and brought to tears after the fight.

"I didn't think what way I was  going to react. I didn't know what way I was going to react, but when I put him away and then I jumped on the cage and my coach was like right there on the cage with me and I was just looking around at everything, it overwhelmed me and I came to tears.

"It has been a hell of a ride. Just over two years I'm here. I've already broke every single record in the game. It does not come easy. Trust me when I tell you there's a lot of work involved. It's not just about showing up at the gym. It's not just about that, there's a lot involved." 

"It's a crazy game, and you know, I absolutely love it. I love this job, I love this game, I love this ride I'm on. I am happy to have taken the gold. It would not matter if it was Jose or it was Chad, this was my belt, this was my night."