Inside Conor McGregor’s training camp with Irish DJ Bissett blaring the tunes

From managing a cafe to producing the soundtracks for Conor McGregor ’s training sessions, it’s been quite the couple of years for Irish DJ Bissett.

The 26-year-old was flown out to Las Vegas for McGregor’s last UFC bout against Donald Cerrone last year.

He met the Notorious and was the music man for McGregor’s hard-hitting sessions.

It’s been a bit different this time due to Covid-19 with McGregor taking on Dustin Poirier this weekend, though Bissett admits that week was surreal.

He told Daily Star Sport : “I was playing the Ministry of Sound at the start of January last year, and I was coming home and got a message off him on Instagram, asking me to come over, and if I would DJ in the camp. So I did, I was there for a week and a half.

“It was a day on, day off job. His managers would give me a phone call or text about half hour before he trained.

“He would choose when he wants to train. I’d just show up and everything was set up, and away we go. He would come in and the music was blaring.

“My song choices are up his street, the ones I play are mostly my own but it’s a Dublin sound.

"He knows what music I’ve played in Dublin and that’s what he likes.”

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McGregor posted a video on social media of a training camp last January, starting with the former two-weight UFC champ meeting Bissett.

The training sessions must have gone well with McGregor beating Cerrone inside a minute, though Bissett was left to his own devices as he provided the tunes.

“It was unbelievable,” the DJ said of the training camp. “To watch him do his thing is unbelievable, he’s a different animal.

“He never asked me to play certain stuff, he knew what I was about anyway.

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“He watched some of the things on Instagram of me playing the clubs in Dublin, and he obviously knows and likes what kind of music I play.

“I’ve been playing for so long, that it was kind of normal. I was nervous because it was a big deal for me, and my career, but I just done my thing. Stayed calm and was myself.”

Bissett, who saw his single 'Every Single Time' released on Polydor on Friday, is a big name around the club scene in the Irish capital.

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He lives not far from McGregor though did not see a collaboration coming with the UFC star, even if both share the same first name.

“I think he put up a story or two with my songs playing before this happened, so I got a feeling he might ask me to do something, a party maybe,” he added.

“I never thought he would ask to bring me over to Vegas to DJ for him, but I had a feeling he was listening and liked my stuff.

“I was shocked when I saw the message, but it just went from there.

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“I only went self employed last year, I used to work in a cafe as a manager and before that was a barman. But I’ve gone full time into the music now.

“If someone had told me what I’d be doing five years ago, I’d have laughed.”

2020 was no laughing matter though.

While McGregor saw his three-fight plan dashed, Bissett was unable to build on his opportunity due to Covid-19.

But as McGregor returns to the Octagon, the DJ, who has over 35,000 Instagram followers, still harbours big hopes for the future.

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He continued: “I see myself DJing all over the world in the future and bringing out big hits.

“I’m building a studio, want to start a podcast and just trying to branch out.

“I’m doing my own thing at the moment, but there is a lot of opportunities with Polydor releasing this track.

“I’ve been working really really hard for this moment, it doesn’t come over night.

“I’ve been DJing for 15 years, producing for seven, and it’s been tough but you have to keep working hard.”

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