Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson Calls Conor McGregor an Idol and Wants a Future in MMA

The young Gunner wants to transition from the football pitch to the Octagon.

October 20th 2017

Reiss Nelson is being talked about as the future of Arsenal’s attack but the 17-year-old is already looking at life after football.

The young Gunner is threatening to break into Arsenal’s first team this season after a string of stunning performances for the club’s U21 side – and a few senior appearances in the Europa League – and just like most other people his age, he’s revealed his fascination with Conor McGregor.

In an interview with Arsenal Magazine, the 17-year-old said:

“I watched the McGregor fight…I was backing McGregor all the way. I’m a really big UFC fan. I think his aura and his personality are really great. I like to watch a lot of his documentaries and his vlog, and I think he’s just come up from nothing really.

He was a plumber before he became a fighter, he’s worked really hard and his story is great. In some ways, I look up to him as a sportsman. His work rate and the effort he puts in is immense.”

While looking at Conor McGregor’s rags-to-riches story as a source of inspiration is no surprise, Nelson also revealed he’s trained in kickboxing and would be interested in making a switch to MMA after football:

“MMA is something that I may want to get into after football. I spent some time over the summer doing a lot of kickboxing and I just felt that it was something I enjoyed doing a lot.”

We’re pretty sure Nelson vs McGregor could sell out the Emirates.