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fight genius Former UFC fighter Paige VanZant planning visit to Conor McGregor’s Black Forge Inn

The Mixed Martial Arts fighter who now fights in the Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championships is a big fan of the Dubliner

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Former UFC fighter Paige VanZant who is in Dublin with husband Austin Vanderford for his Bellator 275 headliner on Friday is planning to pop into Conor McGregor’s Black Forge Inn during her visit.

The Mixed Martial Arts fighter who now fights in the Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championships is a big fan of the Dubliner who she has described as a “fight genius”.

During a recent Q+A session on her Instagram page, she spoke about the first time she came face-to-face with Crumlin’s best-known sports star.

“I remember meeting him and telling my dad he was a fight genius and that he was going to be a mega-star,” VanZant said. “That is like No.1 on our list of things to do in Ireland. I know [Austin’s] dad, his step-dad, and my dad are all extremely excited to go to Conor McGregor ’s bar.”

VanZant was let go by the UFC in 2020 following losses in three of her last four fights with the promotion. She has since signed with Bare Knuckle FC and has yet to earn her first win in the ring, falling to Britain Hart and Rachael Ostovich.

Since she touched down in Dublin, she has been sharing pictures of herself out and about with her husband enjoying the sights.

The Mixed Martial Arts fighter who has a members only website with her hubby, has been sharing some raunchy photos with her fans.

VanZant captioned her images: "Your fave cringy [sic]couple”, while also sharing image of her kissing and enjoying herself alongside her husband.

Meanwhile, Vanderford, the unbeaten Bellator middleweight contender is preparing return to action this Friday in the headlining act of Bellator 275 in Dublin.

The couple are sure to enjoy a visit to the Black Forge where McGregor has been celebrating recently.

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This week he was picture with members of the Blackforge FC in his pub of the same name following his return from the Caribbean.

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VanZant in Dublin

VanZant in Dublin

VanZant in Dublin

The UFC star headed to his Crumlin boozer after arriving home where he enjoyed pints and a bit of a sing song with the "squad".

Posting the scenes on his Instagram stories, the sportsman took a video of the celebrations showing him brandishing a trophy that he had earlier been presented with from Black Forge FC for his role as chairman of the team.

It followed his return to Ireland following his trip to the Bahamas with his fiancée Dee Devlin where he had been ramping up training ahead of his return to the Octagon this summer.

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