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McGregor: 'This tattoo cost me €20 while I was drunk in Ayia Napa'

What happens on holiday, stays on holiday. Except for tattoos.

CONOR McGREGOR HAS been gradually increasing his collection of tattoos since he entered the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

First it was a large gorilla on his chest, but most recently the Irish mixed martial arts star added a huge tiger to his stomach. But not all of the Dubliner’s tattoos have been quite so elaborate.

McGregor, who’s one win away from becoming Ireland’s first UFC champion, was asked about his body art during a media workout last night in Las Vegas.

Long before he became a UFC star, the 26-year-old had some Arabic writing tattooed on the back of his left leg — which McGregor says was the result of an old holiday in Cyprus — but he’s not too sure what it actually means.

inpho_00885031 Conor McGregor's Arabic writing tattoo shows itself off to the world as he lands a head-kick on Dennis Siver. Source: ©INPHO/Emily Harney

“This was when I was drunk. That was my first,” he told reporters. “It could mean anything. Arabic writing was the thing for a while, it was the cool thing to do.

“I was following the trend back then. Maybe one day I’ll get that covered up, I don’t know. I got it in Ayia Napa. It was like a party kind of… I was young and on holiday. It cost me €20.”

We’ve all done stupid things on holiday — haven’t we? — but if any of our Arabic-speaking readers can clear up the mystery of the meaning of Conor McGregor’s very first tattoo, we’d love to hear from you.

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