WATCH: TD Garden goes wild as Conor McGregor drops ceremonial puck ahead of Bruins-Blue Jackets game pic.twitter.com/U1SIf5DmMH— NESN (@NESN) March 16, 2019
Conor McGregor has experienced some memorable moments during his rise to UFC stardom while competing in Boston’s TD Garden. On Saturday, he returned to the venue to witness a hockey game between the NHL’s Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets.
The “Notorious” one was more than just a spectator, however. On Irish Heritage Night, the former two-division champion did the ceremonial puck drop, walking out to his trademark “Foggy Dew”/”Hypnotize” entrance to draw a roar from the crowd.
McGregor also gave a pre-game pep talk in the Bruins locker room prior to the game.
“I am undefeated in this building, I am unbeaten in Boston, just like the Bostonians themselves — that’s what I told the team in there,” McGregor told NESN during the first-period intermission. “That’s what I said when I walked in there. I said, ‘Are you’s ready for war? When I say Boston, you say strong. Boston Strong! Boston Strong!’ They all rose up with that energy, and I look forward to seeing that transfer onto the [ice].”
When I say “Boston!”— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 17, 2019
You say “Strong”
Incidentally, the Bruins defeated the Blue Jackets 2-1 in overtime.
McGregor first appeared in Boston at UFC Fight Night 29 on August 17, 2013, when he defeated Max Holloway via unanimous decision. The SBG Ireland representative returned to TD Garden in January 2015 to score a second-round TKO of Dennis Siver.
Last week, McGregor was arrestedd on charges of strong-arm robbery and criminal mischief after allegedly stealing and destroying a fan’s phone outside a Miami nightclub.