WATCH: UFC bad boy McGregor pleads for ‘full lockdown’

MMA fighter Conor McGregor has made a passionate plea to the Irish government, its people and the rest of the world to introduce a heavy lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis.

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Taking to Facebook on Tuesday, McGregor put forward a heartfelt plea before Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar, announced new restrictive measures. The MMA star, who recently returned to the hectogon against Donald Cerrone in January, addressed the country’s leading police and military authorities.

The time is now 🇮🇪🙏🌍 Closing of Airports as well as all non essential business, along with stricter adherence to social distancing, must be put in place now! God speed! We can do this ❤️

Posted by Conor McGregor on Tuesday, 24 March 2020
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Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor returned to UFC action with a bang against Donald Cerrone in January (Image: Associated Press).

True lockdown must begin and it must begin now. Any time that we spend debating is needless time from the clock. I know a good fight when I see one and we have got one on our hands now,” said the 31-year-old. “I want to call upon my people, the great people of Ireland… We are all in the red corner together, awaiting the bell. So, let’s gather together and ring the bell ourselves.”

McGregor also directing his plea at politicians including the Irish President, Michael D. Higgins, among a host of other senior government officials. He added that he was also directing his plea to the rest of the world. “We must close our airports. We must close all non-essential business. We must end all non-essential travel. This is my proposal and I pray that we can make this happen,” said McGregor.