Dana White: McGregor to Defend Title at Ireland’s Croke Park if He Beats Aldo at UFC 194

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 17, 2015
Conor McGregor now has even more incentive to beat Jose Aldo at UFC 194. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

The dream of Conor McGregor headlining a blockbuster UFC event at Croke Park in Dublin apparently still has plenty of life.

During an appearance on Australia’s NRL Footy Show, White revealed the promotion’s plans for “The Notorious” Irishman should he emerge as the featherweight champion at UFC 194.

“If he beats Jose Aldo in Las Vegas in December, the next fight will be in Croke Park,” White said. “We told him he could defend his title at Croke Park.”

McGregor will face Aldo in the UFC 194 headliner on Dec. 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The two featherweights were initially supposed to clash at UFC 189, but Aldo was forced to withdraw from the contest after suffering a rib injury in training. McGregor then captured the interim crown by stopping Chad Mendes in 4:57 into round two of the new main event.

There are obstacles to having a fight in the 82,000 seat soccer stadium, however, most notably the city-imposed curfew. For the UFC to hold a pay-per-view at Croke Park that starts at 10 p.m. ET in the United States, the curfew would have t be lifted. Otherwise, the start time would have to change. The Las Vegas-based organization previously targeted the Aldo-McGregor matchup for the venue before the bout was booked in Sin City.


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