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I like Conor McGregor - he's a great guy.

What do you get an MMA fighter for his 30th birthday?

Conor McGregor will receive a £50,000 (NZ$97,200) hyperrealistic sculpture of himself from celebrated artist Aspencrow in mark of his 30th birthday this weekend.

"If not Conor, if not GSP, I think Alvarez vs. Poirier, I think the victor deserves a title shot", Nurmagomedov recently told Anatomy of a Fighter (transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting).

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

Khabib went on to claiming 155lbs gold back at UFC 223, and Mcgregor who are now dealing with legal issues in regards to bus rampage and hasn't competed since claiming the lightweight title at UFC 205, where he became the promotion's first two-weight world champion simultaneous.

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His first professional boxing bout on 26 August a year ago saw him stopped in the 10th round by Floyd Mayweather.

"It's really phenomenal. And, of course, someone chose to immortalize it in this way".

The sculptor worked on the 100-pound statue McGregor for about 5 months using only pictures of fighter.

Aspencrow is set to unveil the statue in London's JD Malat Gallery this weekend, where it will be open to the public from 14 July - 30 September.

"It's up to you what you see in it", Aspencrow said. "You can see him as a prisoner, or a God, or just as a person".

Only thing delaying this process however are Conor McGregor's legal issues, which looked to get settled in return court hearing a few weeks from now. The piece, said to be worth approximately $66,000 United States dollars, will be gifted to McGregor for the special occasion, while two other sculptures will be on display and then sold by London's JD Malat Gallery. Some of the decisions he makes might not be correct, but none of us are ideal."And now it's officially weird".

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