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Conor McGregor shows off Black Forge pub team shirt on Vegas bike ride ahead of Poirier bout

The star waved to astonished onlookers as he talked about staying close to Mike Tyson in Vegas

McGregor exchanged greeting with stunned onlookers as he cycled through Vegas in his pub football shirt

Jamie McDowell

UFC star Conor McGregor has been filmed cycling around Las Vegas with a Black Forge football shirt on plugging his new pub.

The video appeared on the official Instagram account of the UFC as the Dublin fighter prepares for a multi-million dollar encounter with Dustin Poirier this weekend in the city as part of UFC 264.

He donned the shirt of the pub football team he plans to set up once the bar is up and running in the footage as he cycled around the city with astonished onlookers snapping pictures with a jovial McGregor waving back and shouting “hello” back as he pedalled past.

McGregor during the course of the video is heard talking about meeting Mike Tyson, and having gone to one of his Q&A events in Dublin.

“I haven’t seen him yet since we’ve been neighbours”, said, referring to the area the fighter is currently staying in and its proximity to Tyson’s house.

McGregor seemed to be enjoying his bike ride around Vegas

He added that he wanted to meet the former heavyweight champion “hopefully, y’know, soon, I’m sure.”

The green and black striped shirt McGregor was wearing during the session has the words Black Forge emblazoned across the front of it with a badge in the shape of an octagon framing an image of a blacksmith at work.

McGregor is currently getting ready to open the revamped south Dublin pub, having completely refitted it.

He also brought in a mixologist to make high-end cocktails and his chefs have put together a menu with fillet steaks starting at around €28 as well as offering top-shelf spirits and liqueurs.

It’s understood McGregor spent around €1m refurbishing the Black Forge which he bought for around €1.9m.

The star is thought to be interested in growing his pub portfolio into a European chain while looking at other pubs across Dublin to purchase.

The Sunday World has learned that despite reports he has bought the Marble Arch in nearby Drimnagh, he has not signed anything.

"His team have zoned in on the Marble Arch for the past couple of years and the owners are mystified as to where reports saying they sold it for close to €2million have come from," notes one industry insider.

"He has definitely not signed any contracts and it's still up in the air as to whether he will actually buy it."

The Marble Arch was the pub where McGregor infamously punched a 50-year-old local called Desmond Keogh in 2019, after the victim refused to drink a shot of the fighter's Proper 12 whiskey. The Notorious was fined €1,000 as a result.

One source who's been given a sneak peek of the new Black Forge told the Sunday World: "The place is beautiful, and everything is spick and span.

"It has a lovely big kitchen and Conor has his own special chair at the bar.

"I'm sure it will do very well for the first few months given its celebrity association and will get loads of people from all over who want to see Conor's first bar."

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