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Midnight Mania! Conor McGregor saves SBG Portarlington from permanent COVID-19 closure

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All around the world, COVID-19 is putting pressure on more than health care. As government shutdowns and general fear keeps businesses closed or slowed, entire industries are struggling. Notably, indoor fitness facilities are widely closed, and it’s obviously impossible to practice social distancing in a mixed martial arts training session.

An unknowable number of gyms have closed down in recent months, and SBG Portarlington — an affiliate gym of the main SBG Ireland in Dublin — appeared next. A couple days ago, the gym posted on Instagram that they were forced to close due to the pandemic.

“Tonight, we close our doors in the gym for the last time,” Bellator veteran and owner Philip Mulpeter wrote. “Unfortunately, we are forced to shut our gym down. To say I’m heartbroken is an understatement. The covid pandemic has been tough on us all and we can no longer keep the gym going. Due to mounting rent bills during lockdowns we just can’t sustain.”

Though there was mention of eventually rebuilding, it was not a hopeful epilogue for the gym. Fortunes have shifted dramatically since then, however, as none other than SBG Ireland’s Conor McGregor stepped in to save the gym!

McGregor is no stranger to charitable pursuits. His upcoming bout with Dustin Poirier, in fact, will include a $500k donation to Poirier’s The Good Fight foundation. Additionally, McGregor has publicly donated to first responders and children in need.


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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

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