UFC star Conor McGregor has defended his wayward first pitch at the Chicago Cubs vs Minnesota Twins game yesterday.
McGregor was invited to Wrigley Field for the Cubs' recent game, but his first pitch for third baseman Patrick Wisdom was high and wide of the target.
Fans were quick to mock McGregor's pitch and compared it to the likes of rapper 50 Cent, who threw a dreadful first pitch at a New York Mets game in 2014.
But McGregor – who is currently recovering from a broken tibia he suffered at UFC 264 in July – thinks his pitch had the same power as some top pitchers.
He told Marquee Sports Network : "The most devastating first pitch ever seen in the iconic Wrigley Field!
"Well the venom is there, the power is there. It's a little off accurate wise but you know, I'm on the one leg. You can see me base fully on the left leg that was just recently injured, but I'm happy with it and I'll take that on board.
"I don't think there was much power difference between mine and them out there. Just the accuracy is a little off, but I'm happy with it. It was either lob it friendly or aim to take him off his feet.
"If that was on target, we would have had a problem I'd say. I'm happy with mine, then the two people that threw out the pitch before, great experience."
McGregor is continuing to rehabilitate his leg and is making a quick recovery from his injury.
The Irishman recently said he could throw kicks with his injured leg, but wants to take his doctors advice and continue to recover slowly.
UFC president Dana White thought McGregor would be out for over a year after his leg break but recently said the Irishman could fight before the end of 2021 if his healing process continues to go well.
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The Cubs vs Twins game was McGregor's first ever live baseball game and he was impressed with the well-kept condition of Wrigley Field.
He continued: "For me it just feels like one big Irish pub, we're like a field in the middle of it. With a nice clean well kept field in the middle.
"I love it here, I have to say. It's our first baseball game, to come here and see the Chicago Cubs at this iconic stadium. Very very happy with it. Very proud.
"I think the whole thing is very clean, I think the grass is well kept, I think the stadium is well kept. You know it's not a new stadium, this stadium has been around and it's seriously well kept."
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