Like most of those around the world, Conor McGregor was deeply saddened to learn of the mass shooting tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
“Absolutely devastated upon hearing the news in Las Vegas. A city with so much energy and life. A city of celebration and enjoyment. A city so close to my heart,” McGregor wrote on Instagram. “I pray for all the victims, their families, and everyone affected by this senseless act of violence.”
Some of McGregor’s biggest career moments have taken place in Las Vegas. He claimed the featherweight title with a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo at UFC 194 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Dec. 12, 2015. And last year, the Dublin native split a pair of bouts with rival Nate Diaz, falling via submission at UFC 196 before avenging that defeat with a majority decision triumph at UFC 202 — both in Sin City. Most recently, McGregor lost to Floyd Mayweather via 10th round TKO in a blockbuster boxing match at the T-Mobile Arena on Aug. 26.
On Sunday evening, at least 59 were killed and 527 were injured at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in the Las Vegas Village when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the nearby Manadalay Bay. Paddock was found dead in his room by Las Vegas Metro Police after shooting himself following the attack.
The UFC has pledged a $1 million donation to a victim support fund for those impacted by the tragedy. UFC 216, which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by an interim lightweight title bout between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee, will continue as planned.