The MMA news cycle often produces hilarious results. This time it was revealed that Conor McGregor – the irish sports star is related to the Armenian American influencer Kim Kardashian.
Believe it or not, this is actually true. Both Kim and Conor descended from Scottish royalty – a gentleman by the name of Kenneth MacAlpin.
And while McGregor is quite obviously a descendant of the McGregor clan – things get murkier for the social media star. As per The Sun:
Kardashian’s mum Kris Jenner has ancestry from Scotland and is related to outlaw and folk hero Robert Roy MacGregor — a huge figure and member of one of Scotland’s oldest clans.
The rebel and cattle thief died in 1734 aged 63, was part of the Jacobite rising of 1689 and took part in the Battle of Glen Shiel in 1719.
Nobleman MacGregor was depicted in the 1995 film Rob Roy, starring Liam Neeson.
According to the Daily Record, that gives the pair a link to legendary first King of Scots Kenneth MacAlpin.
McGregor was pleased by the odd revelation tweeting his approval saying: “Welcome to the family.”
Oddly – McGregor’s coach and training partner Dillon Danis is also Armenian and actually somewhat related to the infamous clan.
McGregor hails from an Irish branch of the MacGregors and has spoken before of his pride in his heritage.
He said in 2015: “My family originated from the Scottish highlands, they fought for their independence.
“It’s something that runs in my family’s history, I’ve become obsessed with that a little bit.
“It reiterates to me that I am on the correct path my family was on before me.
“We are not in fields anymore, we are in the Octagon, we are in arenas filled with thousands of people with millions of people viewing.
“It gives me added motivation to fight.
“It’s something that is in me, it is something that my ancestors have done before me and I am simply carrying my family’s name with pride.”
McGregor hasn’t fought in UFC since breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. There are fighters casting doubt on if he’ll ever return – despite the fact that he’s said he would.