Saturday 17 March 2018

Dana White: We want Conor McGregor's title defence in Croke Park but he must beat Aldo first

Croke Park could stage one of the biggest UFC events ever
Croke Park could stage one of the biggest UFC events ever
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UFC President Dana White wants to bring a major event to Croke Park but Conor McGregor must live up to his end of the bargain and beat Jose Aldo in Las Vegas in July.

McGregor's first title defence would be Ireland and White wants to stage it at Croke Park or the Three Arena.

Speaking to Setanta Sports, he said: “We want to do Croke Park, we really do. If this kid (Conor McGregor) wins that title, we want his first defence to be in Croke Park.

"If Conor wins that title, it's going to be crazy.

"How quickly and easily he has done this.

"He has the potential to be great.

"Nobody has come from obscurity to a massive superstar the way Conor McGregor has.

"It's tougher to get things done in Dublin than I thought it would be.

"They have curfews and restrictions, it's tough to navigate through here."

White is impressed by the ease with which McGregor handles all of the attention outside the Octagon.

"It's awesome to listen to Conor talk about fighting and how he feels about Ireland.

"It's one of the fascinating things about the stare downs and the mindgames, leading up to the fight.

"They (Aldo and McGregor) have both been playing them.

"When you'll really know (if Conor has broken Aldo mentally) is the weigh-ins.

"That's the day you'll know where guys are mentally.

"Conor is very good at the mind and emotional warfare.

"He's very good at all areas of this combat sport."

Watch the entire interview below:

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