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Conor McGregor's Girlfriend Is The Real Champion, In More Ways Than One

In March, at UFC 196, current UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor was defeated by Nick Diaz via rear-naked choke.

With that loss, it felt like everyone in McGregor's corner prior to the fight was nowhere to be found the day after.

However, there is one person who continues to be very much entrenched in the Irishman's camp: his girlfriend, Dee Devlin.

Devlin, who was also born in Ireland, has been dating McGregor for more than eight years, and she's been by his side through all the ups and downs that have come The Notorious' way over the years.

Twenty-seven-year-old McGregor definitely doesn't take his girlfriend for granted. In an interview with MMA Fighting last year, McGregor reportedly said,

My girlfriend has been there since the start. She has helped me throughout this career. If it wasn't for her, I probably wouldn't be here today.

Wise words, my man.

In addition to helping him throughout his career, Devlin also saw potential in McGregor long before he became the face of the UFC. Speaking on Devlin, McGregor reportedly said,

My girlfriend worked very hard throughout the years and stuck by me when I had essentially absolutely nothing. 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.

From getting butterflies every time he steps into the ring to sticking by him after the first loss of his UFC career, here's why Conor McGregor's girlfriend is the real champion.

Twenty-eight-year-old Dee Devlin is from Walkinstown, County Dublin, Ireland.

She and UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor have been a couple for nearly a decade, and they started dating long before the Irishman took the UFC by storm.

Despite McGregor's colossal rise in popularity over the last few years, Devlin remains by his side as his number one fan.

And when you've been with a guy from the beginning, he likes to shower you with lavish things once he makes the big time.

And when it's really love, he even lets you carry a UFC Championship belt.

Dee Devlin always had faith in McGregor's success, which is why she quit her job to travel with her man.

In return, McGregor made her a member of his crew, hiring her to manage his money.

Unlike some dudes who make it big, McGregor never wavered from the fact he owes Dee Devlin for much of his success...

...which is undoubtedly part of the reason the couple appears to be so happy and in love.

In the end, it's moments like this McGregor and Devlin will remember most.

Dee Devlin, you're the real champion, in more ways than one.

Citations: Who is Conor McGregor's girlfriend? All you need to know about Dee Devlin (Irish Mirror), Conor McGregor's girlfriend Dee Devlin reveals her pride in touching tribute to the UFC star (Irish Mirror)