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Midnight Mania! ‘Soulmate’ makes McGregor $66,000 dollar sculpture for 30th birthday

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Every weeknight I sit down wondering if what strange and juicy morsel the stew of MMA has had simmering under the surface for me, and seemingly every weeknight I am not disappointed. But tonight’s story, while somehow not unprecedented — there is a whole genre of weird artists depicting equally weird MMA fighters, sometimes with a weird relationship between them; it isn’t even the first sculpture made of McGregor himself — still managed to raise my eyebrows a little.

See, originally I thought, that’s just what you do on your 30th birthday if you are one Conor McGregor; you commission a 50,000 pound sterling sculpture of your visage by a famous artist. Hey, it’s no crazier than anything else McGregor has done, or anything else very rich people do for that matter.

But this statue wasn’t commissioned by McGregor at all. The artist, Edgar Askelovic, also known as Aspencrow, just... made it as a gift. According to the BBC via

“It is an honour Conor has accepted this as a gift from me,” said the Vilnius-born, Birmingham-based artist.

”He is a phenomenon of our time - not just a smart athlete, but also a visionary.”

That’s not even the strangest part. But before we get to that, Aspencrow wants us all to know this is very normal. And there is, as I have said, precedent, with athletes like Mark Hunt and Israel Adesanya, among others, serving as muses for artists and fashion designers. But the thing is... he hasn’t ever met McGregor.

“I think he’s a phenomenon,” he went on. “It’s normal that someone decided to immortalise him in this way.”

Aspencrow admitted he had neither met nor spoken to McGregor directly, communicating instead via one of the fighter’s friends.

”That’s how I got the information that he knows about the sculpture, and that he accepts it,” he told the BBC.

So McGregor accepts the gift. It’s not clear whether he accepts how Aspencrow feels about him.

“It’s up to you what you see in it,” said the artist. “You can see him as a prisoner, or a God, or just as a person.

(Just a person, thank you)

”I like Conor McGregor - he’s a great guy,” Aspencrow continued. “I feel he’s my soulmate.

Okay then.

”Some of the decisions he makes might not be correct, but none of us are ideal.”

I’m glad Aspencrow has some perspective here. That is important between soulmates.


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