Conor McGregor may not be in the ring anymore, but he’s just put one on his now-fiancee’s finger!
The retired fighter announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin Saturday on Instagram.
The two were celebrating Devlin’s birthday, which is Aug. 9.
Devlin and McGregor have been together since 2008.
The pair knew of each other prior to meeting, as they had mutual friends in their native country of Ireland, but they didn’t strike up conversation until they saw each other again at a nightclub.
“I knew her a bit beforehand, but I think the first time I spoke to her properly was when I saw her in a nightclub,” McGregor said in a 2013 interview with VIP Magazine. “I asked her to come over and we just started chatting. She seemed like a nice girl, and I like good girls.”
The UFC champion, a former plumber, said Devlin has always supported him, especially when he decided to quit his job and focus on mixed martial arts full time.
“My girlfriend worked very hard throughout the years and stuck by me when I had essentially absolutely nothing,” he said in an interview with The Mirror. “I only had a dream that I was telling her. For me to be able to take her out of work, give her everything she’s ever wanted, and to travel the world with her fills me with pride. It keeps me going.”
“She’d drive me to the gym, and she’d listen to all my dreams. I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for her,” he told VIP Magazine. “Every day since I started in this game, she’s supported me.”
“I really admired his dedication to that, too,” Devlin said at the time. “I’ve always supported him, so I’m glad that it’s come to fruition for him, and for us, really.”
McGregor said Devlin and their family is his motivation for success.
“Dee is a lifesaver for me. I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for her, and that’s for sure. I’m doing all of this for her,” he said in 2013. “I’m doing this to secure my family’s future and Dee’s future. One day, I want myself and Dee to be able to chill on a beach and not have any worry in the world. That’s why I’m doing this. I want to be financially secure by the time I have kids. I’m not even thinking about kids yet … but when that happens, I want to be ready.”
McGregor and Devlin now have two children together: Conor Jack Jr., 3, and 1-year-old daughter Croia.
According to Forbes, McGregor is worth at least $48 million, so the family has no issues when it comes to vacationing on beaches around the world.
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