UFC Champion Conor McGregor Confirmed for Game of Thrones
Earlier this week, a new rumor surfaced that claimed HBO's Game of Thrones has cast UFC champion Conor McGregor in one of the show's final two seasons. Like all casting reports, nothing has been confirmed by HBO at this time, but the news made sense, especially since series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are both huge UFC fans. While it still isn't known who the mixed martial artist will portray, UFC president Dana White recently confirmed the casting in an interview. Here's what Dana White had to say, when asked about the casting rumors involving Conor McGregor.
"I did hear that, yeah. I knew that a few months ago, that they were interested in putting him in the show. I'm glad he did it. It'll be great, yeah. That show is huge, it's awesome and I'm excited for him."
The news was confirmed during Dana White's interview with Fox Sports Live earlier this week. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are such big fans of the UFC that they even confirmed the big news that production on Game of Thrones Season 7 will be delayed for winter weather, during an appearance on a UFC podcast. Our report from yesterday revealed that HBO felt Conor McGregor was a "perfect fit" for the hit fantasy series, based on George R.R. Martin novel series.
This unspecified role will mark Conor McGregor's TV acting debut, although he has previously provided his voice for two different video games, EA Sports UFC 2 and this year's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which, oddly enough, featured Game of Thrones star Kit Harington voicing the game's primary villain. Even before this casting rumor surfaced, Conor McGregor did have another connection to Game of Thrones. Last October, a video surfaced of Conor McGregor, who recently became the first fighter to ever hold two titles in different UFC divisions, sparring with Hafthór Julíus Bjornsson, who plays Gregor Clegane, a.k.a. The Mountain, on the hit HBO series.
HBO would not comment on the casting rumor, but if Conor McGregor has come aboard for this season, he joins Game of Thrones newcomers Jim Broadbent in an unspecified role, along with Joseph Quinn and Paul Ward, two young actors from England and Ireland, respectively. There have also been reports that Joe Dempsie's character Gendry, who hasn't been seen since the end of Season 3, is returning, along with Iain Glen's Jorah Mormont. Jorah was last seen in the fifth episode of Season 6, where Daenerys ordered him to find a cure for greyscale, and come back to her. Take a look at Dana White's video below, with the Game of Thrones news coming at the 4:39 mark.