Brilliant news for Conor McGregor fans - The Notorious is planning a big Irish homecoming
Published 14/07/2015 | 11:34
New UFC interim featherweight title champion Conor McGregor will reward his loyal fans with a special homecoming sometime in the next few weeks.
While it is estimated that up to 10,000 Irish, including those living in different parts of America, were in the MGM to see McGregor beat Chad Mendes to win the interim belt in the early hours of Sunday morning, the new champion is well aware of the massive support he has back home.
McGregor spoke passionately about his adoring fans in the Octagon after his heroic win against Mendes and sources have told Independent.ie that the Dubliner is keen to come home soon to celebrate with his growing army of supporters.
McGregor has only been back in his homeland for 19 days so far this year and is planning to come back with the belt for five days in the next few weeks for a "big homecoming" that is in the early stages of planning.
McGregor is overcome with pride and emotion from all the support he has received on his journey to the top. Following his victory over Mendes in Las Vegas, he said: "I'm absolutely blown away by the support. I can't put into words how grateful I am.
"So much went on in the build-up to this, so much media obligation, I travelled around the world twice and did two takes... One in case it was Jose and one in case it was Chad. So to just come in here and hear all the support yesterday and today... I'm shaking with it."
The Notorious is also appalled by the behaviour of Jose Aldo - the man he was supposed to fight before Mendes stepped in - and feels that he showed no regard for his fans who paid their hard-earned money to travel to Vegas from Brazil.
A McGregor homecoming is likely to attract tens of thousands of fans. The weigh-in in Las Vegas last Friday saw over10,000 attend and when McGregor staged a press conference with Jose Aldo in the Convention Centre in Dublin earlier this year there were over 60,000 ticket applications.
Read more: Conor McGregor surges up UFC rankings, but Jose Aldo remains number one