Saturday 16 December 2017

Dana White: We're determined to make Conor McGregor in Croke Park happen

Conor McGregor could grace the hallowed turf at Croke Park
Conor McGregor could grace the hallowed turf at Croke Park
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

UFC witnessed the greatest night in the sport's history thanks to Irish fighters and fans and they seem anxious to return the favour.

Irish MMA fans took over the MGM Grand last night and Conor McGregor stole the show with a thrilling second round stoppage against Chad Mendes in their interim UFC featherweight title bout.

While it looks like McGregor will face Jose Aldo on January 2 in Las Vegas, both UFC President Dana White and the Crumlin brawler are convinced that a massive event at Croke Park is on the horizon.

The Three Arena will host an eagerly anticipated event at the Three Arena on October 23 but McGregor is looking to fill stadiums.

"The stadium show in Dublin will happen... make no mistake about that," McGregor said in his post-fight press conference.

McGregor's desire to fight in the north Dublin venue is extremely strong and although White has previously had reservations about the venue's curfew and the difficulty with selling the event to pay-per-view audiences in the States given time difference, he may feel compelled to repay Irish audiences.

"I believe that we can do anything we wanna do. If we’re determined enough to get it on... we’ll get it done," White said.

"I’ve told you guys many times that Croke Park is tough. It’s a tough place to pull off but we’re determined to do it."

"If you’ve ever been to the fight in Ireland... there’s only 9,000 of them and it sounds like 90,000. There’s places that you go... Brazil, the UK but there is nothing louder than the Irish."

White previously expressed an interest in hosting an event at Croker during the world tour for the promotion of the McGregor-Aldo fight earlier this year. See Below:

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