A gym in Portarlington, Ireland was ready to close its doors due to the financial strains brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Owner Philip Mulpeter was getting buried in debt each time the country announced a new lockdown. But then, UFC superstar Conor McGregor came to the rescue.

Mulpeter is actually a longtime friend and training partner of McGregor. The MMA star saw Mulpeter’s announcement on social media that SBG Portarlington was about to close. The Notorious immediately gave his friend a call and offered a much-needed hand.

Mulpeter shared the heartwarming story to Marc Raimondi of ESPN and dispelled reports that McGregor is a bad guy.

“I was like nearly crying there. I didn’t know what to say to him, to be honest. I’m forever grateful to him. He basically saved our little community. Words can’t express what he’s done for us. I know that he gets bad press. People don’t report on it, but he does this stuff all the time. Conor is not looking for gratitude, he’s not looking for the media to spread this around.”

Mulpeter didn’t disclose how much McGregor donated. He, however, said that they’ll be good for the next year or two. McGregor praised Mulpeter for the splendid job he’s done in building a small community.

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But the controversial fighter’s support didn’t stop there. He also wants to give Mulpeter’s promotion a little boost.

“Conor plans on entering his son into our promotion, Gaelic Atlantic Martial Arts. He knows what we’re doing for the community. He’s just feeling bad for us and he wants to keep MMA alive.

The 32-year-old Conor McGregor has also found himself back in the headlines again these days after YouTube star Logan Paul has been repeatedly challenging him to a fight, even going on a profanity-laced video rant on Twitter.

The former two-division UFC champion has yet to respond.