I don’t know about you, but I find that writing songs for the object of our respective affections is a theoretically sweet and romantic gesture that always turns out to be creepy in practice. Just ask many of my high school crushes or Tinder matches, who were treated to a number of ill-advised serenades that in hindsight, were more awkward than charming. Even the ones in perfect iambic pentameter.
As bad as writing songs for people who won’t look you in the eye in real life can turn out, writing songs for celebrities seems like a really easy way to get slapped with a restraining order. However, once in a while, we can end up with a story similar to that of Nick Konstantin, whose song about the Irish fighter Conor McGregor became massively popular online.
When McGregor himself caught wind of his song, he was enamored enough to make an incredible gesture to the singer and Conor McGregor superfan.
Right now, Conor McGregor is hard at work training for the fight of the century, as the UFC champion prepares to cross over to boxing to take on Floyd Mayweather, the undefeated champ who’s aiming for his 50th victory. In between punching slabs of raw beef and drinking raw eggs (or however it is boxers prepare for big matches), McGregor will have come across this song, entitled There’s Only One Conor McGregor.
Catchy, isn’t it? Posted on Mick’s own Facebook page, the video has generated more than three million views in less than a week, and armed with a pink ukulele, Konstantin hoped that McGregor himself would come across his tribute song.
“Just throwing up the yearly tune. Thought I’d do one on Conor McGregor, and the fight coming up against Mayweather. Tried to get as many of his famous lines in as possible, so hope ye like it. And if anyone out there knows Conor personally, feel free to pass the song on to him, sound!”
It’s not clear whether somebody took Konstantin up on his request to pass the song onto McGregor or if the Irish UFC champion discovered it himself, but either way, McGregor caught wind of this great song. In an interview with Ariel Helwani, McGregor revealed that he loved the song so much, he’s offering to fly Konstantin out to Las Vegas to see McGregor fight Floyd Mayweather.
“I had my people reach out to the guy and we’re booking him a flight, him plus one. I’m going to bring him over to the fight and get him tickets and put him up in a hotel, and I’ll meet him after the fight. It’s one hell of a song.”
With his big fight looming large on August 26 and with plenty of work still to do, you could forgive Conor McGregor for knuckling down or ignoring the fans that have helped make him such a box-office draw in the world of MMA and boxing. This gesture, however, proves that Conor McGregor not only has fists of steel, but a heart of gold as well.