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Conor McGregor leaves for Las Vegas and has a clear message for Jose Aldo

Tom Rooney

Published 23/11/2015 | 09:32

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

With just under three weeks to go before his UFC featherweight title unification bout with Jose Aldo in Las Vegas, Conor McGregor leaves Dublin today for the American West Coast.

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McGregor faces Aldo at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12 at UFC 194, and announced this morning via Instagram that he was departing Ireland ahead of the biggest fight of his career.

The Dubliner spent 10 weeks in the ‘Mc Mansion’ just outside Las Vegas in preparation for his ultimately cancelled bout with Aldo at UFC 189 on July 19. He would defeat late replacement Chad Mendes via second round TKO to clinch the interim featherweight crown.

Subsequently, the 27-year-old has explained that, despite the luxurious surroundings and perpetual sunshine in Nevada, he missed the comforts of home and would have a far less extensive stay stateside prior to the showdown with Aldo.

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The Crumlin native spent close to 10 months in America since January - when he defeated Dennis Siver - due to an extensive promotional campaign for UFC 189, before spending an additional six weeks coaching The Ultimate Fighter reality TV series in Las Vegas.

UFC 194 is expected to generate unprecedented revenue in both ticket sales and pay-per-view buys and, McGregor was more than happy to point out that he was the prime reason for the potential windfall.

In Aldo, he faces the first and only UFC featherweight champion, and a man who has not tasted defeat in a decade.

McGregor’s patented gamesmanship since their original bout was scheduled early this year has ensured his rivalry with Aldo is a bitter one, and that fireworks are likely in the lead up to what is being slated as the biggest MMA contest in history.

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