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Ex West Ham hero John Hartson pictured with UFC legend Conor McGregor

Ex West Ham hero John Hartson pictured with UFC legend Conor McGregor

Ex West Ham hero super John Hartson has been pictured enjoying an evening out with the UFC legend Conor McGregor.

Hartson is still fondly remembered by West Ham fans after scoring five league goals in 11 games to save the club from the drop in the 1996/97 season.

The Welshman then went on to score 24 the next season, the second most goals in the Premier League behind Andy Cole, sealing his cult status with the East Londoners.

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It has been a long time since West Ham had a striker capable of those kind of figures in the top flight.

Hartson still looks out for his old club who are enjoying another superb season under David Moyes.

Now the ex West Ham hero has been pictured enjoying an evening out with UFC legend ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor.

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Ex West Ham hero John Hartson pictured with UFC legend Conor McGregor

“Nice to spend a bit of time with this man last night Conor McGregor,” Hartson said on Twitter alongside a picture of the duo.

“What a gent.. can fight a bit as well.”

There are lots of links between West Ham and the fight game.

Perhaps the most illustrious is legendary boxer Lennox Lewis.

The three-time heavyweight champion was born in the East End and always been a massive West Ham fan.

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Lewis regularly Tweets about West Ham while fellow east enders Frank Bruno, Conor Benn, Kevin Mitchell and a host of others are also massive West Ham fans.

Wrestling legend Triple H – real name Paul Levesque – also famously revealed to The Daily Mail he is a big Hammers fan.

Hartson would have a job persuading McGregor to switch allegiance to West Ham, though.

He may have a left-hook that hits like a Hammer but the Irishman is unfortunately a big Manchester United supporter.

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