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Chase Winovich says Conor McGregor called him “a beast”

At his Big Ten Media Day roundtable, Winovich went on a beautiful tangent about the MMA fighter.

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Chase Winovich misheard a question at Big Ten Media Days Monday regarding Abigail O’Connor, Michigan football’s director of nutrition. He heard the name Conor McGregor.

Somehow, he has a connection with the famed Irish MMA fighter.

McGregor tangent occurs at 4:15. Source is Adam Biggers.

Getting the “A-list” celebrity’s number, he said, is “a story worth going through the proper channels.” However he acquired it, Winovich and McGregor covered a lot of ground in a minute-long discussion.

“It was quick, but we said a lot — we both speak pretty fast,” Winovich recalled. “At first, I started out by saying basically how much respect I had for him and everything — I get goosebumps thinking about it.

”He goes, ‘it goes both ways, brother,’” Winovich said with a questionable Irish brogue. “And that was cool.”

McGregor also called the golden-haired, 6-foot-3, 254-pound senior “a beast.”

“The beast” racked up 79 tackles, 18 for loss, and 8 sacks last year on one of the nation’s top defenses.

With the opening tilt against Notre Dame 39 days away, a literal Fighting Irishman is backing a Wolverine instead.

“Take that for what it’s worth,” Winovich said. “I got his blessing.”