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Dana White confirms Conor McGregor will appear on ‘Game of Thones’ (vid)

UFC president Dana White all but confirmed rumors that Conor McGregor will at some point make an appearance on the HBO smash series “Game of Thrones.”

White let the cat out of the proverbial bag during an appearance Wednesday on “FOX Sports Live.”

“I knew that a few months ago that they were interested in putting him in the show,” White said. “I’m glad he did it. It’ll be great.”

There has been no shortage of celebrity cameos throughout the series’ six wildly popular seasons, so McGregor’s upcoming appearance shouldn’t be surprising, especially given he previously mixed it up with Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who portrays ginormous Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on the show.

With McGregor more or less officially in the mix for a cameo, the question turns to what role he’ll play. “Game of Thrones” site Watchers on the Wall has some ideas:

A WotW source tells us that Conor McGregor will be playing a pirate belonging to Euron Greyjoy’s crew, on the ship Silence. The part is a fairly small one, a cameo, so fans who are worried about his acting ability, don’t sweat it. There is no speaking involved with this part, and it’s definitely a short-term gig.

All well and good, but if McGregor really wants to make a huge impression, he better hope he has the honor of dying a spectacularly grisly and brutal death on the show. That’s the way to make a memorable cameo. In other words, Valar morghulis.

White’s comments on McGregor and “Game of Thrones” echo previous reporting on an expected appearance. Via Metro:

“It’s been agreed that McGregor will appear in one of the remaining two seasons of Game Of Thrones.”

“‘He was headhunted as it were by HBO, as one of the Game Of Thrones directors is a huge UFC fan. They believed that he would be a perfect fit for the show.’”

McGregor, without question UFC’s biggest star at the moment — Ronda Rousey’s highly anticipated return notwithstanding — certainly is keeping himself busy outside the Octagon. Between his supposed foray into professional boxing and the GoT cameo, among several other potential endeavors, McGregor clearly understands when it comes to maximizing fame and fortune, it’s best to strike while the iron is hot.

[The Big Lead]