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Conor McGregor: I'm going to Las Vegas and one more head will be collected

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Conor McGregor, left, in action against Dennis Siver. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Conor McGregor, left, in action against Dennis Siver. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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Conor McGregor, after defeating  Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Conor McGregor, after defeating Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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McGregor, left, in action against Dennis Siver. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

McGregor, left, in action against Dennis Siver. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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McGregor, right, in action against Dennis Siver. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

McGregor, right, in action against Dennis Siver. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout

Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout

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 Conor McGregor is an impressive figure - both inside and outside the cage

Conor McGregor is an impressive figure - both inside and outside the cage

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Conor McGregor, left, in action against Dennis Siver. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Conor McGregor will fight Jose Aldo in Las Vegas this May.

There had been growing speculation that the fight could take place in Croke Park or the Aviva Stadium, with White previously tweeting about GAA headquarters being used as a venue but following McGregor's demolition job on Dennis Siver in Boston last night, White said the fight will take place in Vegas because it makes more financial sense.

McGregor has made no secret of his desire to bring the UFC back to Dublin, with an eye to selling out the likes of Croke Park or the Aviva Stadium, an idea that has been encouraged by UFC head Gary Cook's revelation that talks of staging such an event have indeed taken place.

But the Crumlin man is happy to go to Vegas where he says he will "collect another head".

"We discussed big business and big business is done in Viva Las Vegas. We are going to go to Las Vegas and one more head will be collected," said McGregor after his win over Siver.

Although Croke Park is a much bigger stadium than anything on offer in Vegas, UFC chief Dana White insists that it makes more financial sense to stage the fight in Vegas due to TV revenue and the high production costs in Croker.

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A general view of Croke Park

A general view of Croke Park

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A general view of Croke Park

"When you are in a stadium that big there are big production costs. You will have to put something up over the Octagon because it will rain," said White.

Thousands of Irish fans turned up en masse in Boston to watch McGregor secure a second-round TKO victory in his quest for the featherweight title.

Just like for all his other fights, expect a sea of green to take over Las Vegas when he does challenge Jose Aldo.

Much has been made about the attention garnered by McGregor in the lead up to this fight. Some commentators felt it disrespectful to Siver. But after the performance last night you can understand why the UFC consider the Dublin fighter as their next big superstar.

McGregor backed up every bit of hype with a clinical execution of the German.

The UFC recently announced that Reebok was the official kit manufacturer of all UFC athletes and the corner men. Since the deal, Reebok has sponsored three UFC athletes, Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor. Jones and Rousey are both high-profile champions but the UFC felt the Irishman was more worthy of the deal than the eight other divisional champions on their roster.

Maybe the UFC were trying to cash in on McGregor now in case he lost. Or maybe they consider him a champion already and the fight with Aldo will be a mere formality.

This is a huge statement considering the Brazilian hasn’t lost in almost 10 years and has been one of the UFC’s most dominant champions. It's more likely they appreciate the extra eyes McGregor has brought to the sport of MMA and the UFC events all over the world.

Regardless of sponsorship deal and hype McGregor has earned his title shot at Aldo by deed.

We won't have to wait to find out if he is indeed the next best thing in MMA. We’ll find out when the two men fight in May.

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