Ebanie Bridges has called Conor McGregor an "inspiration" as their friendship continues to blossom outside of the ring.
The IBF bantamweight champion now counts McGregor's Forged Irish Stout as an official partner and has even been seen wearing their brand, pulling pints and feeding McGregor the beverage ringside.
The 37-year-old Aussie has hailed the Irishman since their first meeting, with their association catching the eye of boxing and MMA fans around the world.
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Speaking to Best Gambling Sites, Bridges has now said: "I love having Conor in my corner, I love having his support. I've always had his support, even before I won a world title, he’s always supported and encouraged me to keep being me and doing what I'm doing.
"It’s been great. And having his and the [Forged Stout] team’s support has been even better. We’re growing our friendship even more which is good and he's very inspiring and I think anyone would wish to be in my shoes."
Smiling at how their collaboration formed, the 8-2 pro boxer added: "He uses me for clout really. He's sponsoring me to get his brand out. That's what sponsors do. We met at the AJ fight and I wore his brand there, because he's using me to get his brand out.
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"Otherwise he'd be wearing a stout shirt. But we work together because he knows – me and him – will get people talking about his brand.
"It's not that I need him, but we both help each other out, we are both an asset to each other's brands, we both help build each other, it's not one-sided."
Bridges is aware that the promotion also works well for her own brand ahead of her return to the United States to fight fellow Aussie Avril Mathie in San Francisco – but admitted that more hate comes with the fame.
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She concluded: "Obviously being attached to one of the biggest sports people in the world, one of the most recognisable names in the world, being attached to that is obviously going to grow my exposure.
"It’s going get me more fans, it’s going to get me more subscriptions to my OnlyFans.
"More followers on my Instagram and in the end more money. And in turn, we will both grow from it. It’s a positive in many ways. But I get more hate as well."
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