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Ireland's National Wax museum explain shocking Conor McGregor statue

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The run up to the eagrly anticipated showdown between UFC superstar Conor McGregor and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather has certainly seen its fair share of strange stories.

Floyd Mayweather recently took to social media to announce that he would be partying every day until the infamous upcoming showdown.

Before that was the Paulie Malignaggi sparring video debacle that certainly showed McGregor doing much better than expected against a former world champion fighter.

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The latest story is certainly a bizarre one and is equally comical. 

Ireland's National Wax Museum recently unveiled a model of McGregor and it's fair to say that many fans were far from happy with it.

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In fact, they were spitting feathers.

A few hundred people arrived at the museum to witness the unveiling of the statue in the Irish capital Dublin, where it was actually revealed by Tony McGregor, Conor's father.

Some of the fans' excitement turned to disappointment when the staue was revealed, though, with many taking to social media to ridicule it, pointing out that it looked nothng like the Irish UFC star.

Awkward to say the least.

Conor McGregor Media Workout

In defense of the statue, the general manger of the National Wax Museum Ed Coleman took issue with the complaints, explaining to RTE Radio's Morning Ireland: "Everybody who was there was very impressed with it.

"In fact, we took it outside at one point for a photo opportunity and a couple of tourists walked by and I said 'Do you know who this is?'."

Coleman went on to say the tourists recognised the statue, saying: "Yes, it's the fighter guy."

Many McGregor fans were unconvinced.

One Twitter user Roisin Elaine was scathing, and said simply "It's hilariously bad."

You can see the terrible waxwork below.

Another, Burt Macklin, also did not hold back, explaining "Looks more like James Van Der Beek. Christ it's awful."

Oh dear.

Below are just a few tweets reacting to the waxwork.

It will be interesting to see what Conor McGregor himself makes of the statue.

According to the general manager, McGregor's dad was a fan of the waxwork, and sent a picture of it to his son.

He'll no doubt be flattered, but if many who have seen the statue themselves are unconvinced of the likeness, it remains to be seen whether the man himself will be totally happy with it.

Statues and wax models are a tricky topic. Some sculpters are able to get a true likeness, whereas others struggle to. 

Conor McGregor Media Workout

The statue of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was met with similar reaction on social media when it was revealed earlier this year.

It did not go down well with Ronaldo fans in particular. 

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