BELIEVE it or not, Conor McGregor is a distant relative of Kim Kardashian – via Scottish royalty.
The UFC superstar, 32 – who has challenged Dustin Poirier to a charity MMA fight – appeared to enjoy the news and tweeted his approval, saying: "Welcome to the family."
Kardashian's mum Kris Jenner has ancestry from Scotland and is related to outlaw and folk hero Robert Roy MacGregor — a huge figure and member of one of Scotland's oldest clans.
The rebel and cattle thief died in 1734 aged 63, was part of the Jacobite rising of 1689 and took part in the Battle of Glen Shiel in 1719.
Nobleman MacGregor was depicted in the 1995 film Rob Roy, starring Liam Neeson.
According to the Daily Record, that gives the pair a link to legendary first King of Scots Kenneth MacAlpin.
Kardashian's sister Kourtney named her daughter Penelope Scotland Disick in 2012 — an apparent acknowledgement to their heritage north of the Hadrian's Wall.
The Kardashians are famously proud of their Armenian heritage on the paternal side and Kim, 38, condemned denials of the Armenian Genocide in 2016.
McGregor has spoken before about his ancestry — suggesting it makes him the Notorious we know him for today.
In 2016, he tweeted: "I am simply doing what my ancestors were doing long before me."
It's something that is in me, it is something that my ancestors have done before me and I am simply carrying my family's name with pride.
McGregor hails from an Irish branch of the MacGregors and has spoken before of his pride in his heritage.
He said in 2015: "My family originated from the Scottish highlands, they fought for their independence.
"It's something that runs in my family's history, I've become obsessed with that a little bit.
"It reiterates to me that I am on the correct path my family was on before me.
"We are not in fields anymore, we are in the Octagon, we are in arenas filled with thousands of people with millions of people viewing.
"It gives me added motivation to fight.
"It's something that is in me, it is something that my ancestors have done before me and I am simply carrying my family's name with pride."
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