Attending the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards last Friday night, UFC Superstar Conor McGregor was, as usual, one of the most high-profile people in the room.
Somewhat more unusual, however, was the company he was keeping at the event in Dublin, Ireland.
As reported by the Irish Mirror, The Notorious One was flanked by two bodyguards throughout the evening. Per the report, the action was in response to recently received "chilling death threats".
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McGregor, who attended the event in his homeland in support of his girlfriend Dee Devlin, was apparently under constant watch by "two burly bodyguards named 'Rocky and Drago'."
The 27-year-old UFC fighter has previously been the subject of threats on social media, including one from a man holding an AK47 earlier this year. However, it is not believed that his decision to hire extra security is in any way related to that February incident.
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One of 'Rocky' and 'Drago' even went as far as to accompany the UFC Featherweight champion to the toilet at one point at the Marker Hotel event, standing guard at the door as they waited for their employer to return.
Irish Sun reporters Ken Sweeney and Barry Moran added further details:
"Conor was really relaxed and in great humour but the bodyguards didn't let him out of their sight for even a minute.
"Anyone who wanted a picture or a quick word with Conor had to go through the minders. He told people...that he'd hired them because of death threats."
As one of the biggest names in world sport, McGregor is always going to generate a lot of interest, and his oft-controversial behaviour has led to him becoming a polarising figure.
Unfortunately, it seems, some people out there have taken things beyond the realms of sporting debate and, therefore, it isn't surprising to see McGregor taking action to protect himself and those close to him.
Although the Irishman's team are yet to comment publicly on the reports, if the threat persists, you would expect McGregor to keep his new beefed up security around for a while longer yet.
If his speculated fight against Floyd Mayweather really does come to fruition, the UFC star's time in the public eye is only going to increase and the need for adequate security will be paramount.
The Notorious One isn't the only fighter to have been the subject of serious threats recently, either. Just a couple of weeks back Filipino president Benigno Aquino III revealed the country's authorities had foiled a kidnap plot concerning boxing legend Manny Pacquiao and his family.
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