Saturday 18 November 2017

Conor McGregor's Croke Park dream will not be realised in 2016

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has confirmed that his dream of fighting in Croke Park will not be fulfilled in 2016.

Speaking at a press event in Las Vegas last night to promote his March 5 lightweight title showdown with champion Rafael Dos Anjos, the Dubliner said that the much-discussed  showcase at GAA headquarters would not materialise before year’s end.

The recently minted featherweight kingpin claimed that he still fully intends to ply his trade in front of 80,000 fans in the Irish capital, but the planning required to pull off an event of such scale dictates a long-term stategy.

“I don’t know; I do crave my stadium fight in Dublin but I have to roll with the punches here,” he said. “I will get back to Dublin, we will do the show, but it takes time. This is a marathon not a sprint so I look forward to one day having my home country lit up with a stadium show.”

As always, McGregor had plenty of barbs for Dos Anjos, who he’ll square off against at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. UFC 197 also boasts a tantalising co-main event as women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm makes her first title defence since dethroning Ronda Rouse against veteran Miesha Tate.

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