Conor McGregor left "heartbroken" by death of faithful dog Hugo

Conor McGregor has posted a "heartbroken" tribute on social media to his dog Hugo who has passed away.

The Irish star is currently on holiday in Rome with his fiancee Dee Devlin and three children.

And the 33-year-old star has now been faced with some tragic news with his faithful companion Hugo passing.

He has shared his heartbreak and grievance with his fans on social media with images of the pair throughout his life.

"So heart broken to say my dog Hugo has passed away," McGregor posted on Instagram. "He was with me all the way, my closest companion.

"From sleeping on a bed frame without a mattress to everything else that came after. Thank you for all the work put in alongside me to get this life correct for our family.

"All the love and cuddles we will miss forever and ever our Hugo! Gutted, RIP the best boy Hugo McGregor."

McGregor had a noticeably trusting relationship with his dog with images showing the pet on workouts with his fighter owner.

And the dog was part of McGregor's early life and became part of the family throughout his rise to fame in the UFC.

The images also show the pet guarding his three children during a group walk with the family clearly inseparable.

McGregor is currently making his recovery from injury after suffering a broken leg during defeat to Dustin Poirier in July.

But he provided a positive injury update recently hinting at an early return to fighting action.

"Scan went well. Scan went very well. To be back on the bike, I’m back on the bike before he said I was going to be able to bear weight," McGregor said during an Instagram live.

"I’m rocking (and) well ahead of schedule. Let’s keep it going. … It was good news. Good news at the docs. I think this bone is back together, to be honest.

"The ankle is feeling great. … I’ve got me flip-flops on, I have. I’m out of the boot. I’ve got the flip-flops on, so that’s a good sign. … I’m still jacked as well, bro. It ain’t over. We’re only warming up. Still fresh. Still untouched. You still can’t get me."

McGregor has two years remaining on his current deal with the UFC and will make a full return to the cage.

And his shortlist of potential opponents include a trilogy with Nate Diaz and a fourth challenge to Poirier.

He has also been linked with a return to the boxing ring against YouTube star Jake Paul, after his previous experience in the iron square against Floyd Mayweather in 2017.

But he remains focused on returning to his previous glory in the cage and has even spoken of a two-weight switch to middleweight after his rehabilitation.

A new challenge has also come from kickboxing star SuperBon who is keen to follow in the footsteps of Demetrius Johnson by taking a mixed-rules bout against the Irishman.

For now McGregor will continue his recovery in Italy, after flying from Miami to Rome to collect his £2.6 million Lamborghini yacht.

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