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Game of Thrones' massive popularity can be measured in all kinds of ways, and one of the more random formulas takes into account how many famous people have talked about wanting to be on it. A lot of those people are going to be pretty jealous of UFC champ Conor McGregor now, as it appears the recent grapevine murmurings of his Game of Thrones involvement have been confirmed by none other than UFC President Dana White. Here's how he put it when asked about the rumors.
Not a lot of wiggle room in the phrasing "I'm glad he did it," so while I readily acknowledge Dana White isn't the official record-keeper for all things Game of Thrones, it sounds like he was at least told that Conor McGregor was going to be spending time on the HBO drama's set. So it's obviously possible White could have been fibbed to about what the current double-champ was up to, but that seems like an incredibly strange thing for someone to lie about. Unless White is the one lying here. But we'd rather assume no one lied about anything, and that the Irish badass will indeed appear somewhere in the Kingdoms in Season 7. (Or 8.)
It's a safe bet that Game of Thrones won't put Conor McGregor at the forefront of any major story arcs. There's not even a guarantee that he would get a speaking part, although there are more than enough instances where a quick throwaway line could go his way. My first hope is that he'll be getting rip-roaringly drunk with Tyrion in a scene, and my second is that he'll get killed off is a brutal way like so many others. Too bad Dana White didn't have any juicy details to share when he appeared on Fox Sports Live.
Athletes are no strangers to the acting world, and the UFC's current batch of superstars is producing its own lineup of actors. Ronda Rousey has been building up her screen career outside the octagon over the past couple of years, and the beastly Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone will appear in the star-studded Netflix western Godless in 2017. Should we expect to see Conor McGregor getting more comfortable in this profession in the future?
Game of Thrones won't return to HBO and our lives for Season 7 until the middle of 2017 or so, which means we'll likely get to see Conor McGregor taking on a couple more opponents before his live-action scripted debut. Lots of other things are coming to the small screen before then as well, and you can find them in our midseason premiere schedule.