When Conor McGregor steps into the newly constructed Octagon in the O2 Arena in Dublin he’ll be the main, if not sole, draw for the vast majority of the 8,000 plus fans there.
This featherweight fight against Diego Brandao – who stepped in to take the place of the injured Cole Miller – is just McGregor’s third fight for the UFC. Three fights and he’s headlining a UFC card.
Brandao is a veritable veteran of the organisation in comparison – with six fights under the Zuffa banner.
But make no mistake this fight is all about the Notorius Dubliner. Here’s all you need to know about the man putting Irish MMA on the map in our handy and stylish infographic by designer Alison Sheridan.
After his last win over the talented Max Holloway, a fight he dominated despite tearing his ACL in the first round, Dana White was adamant McGregor wasn’t ready to be a headliner.
His exciting fighting style, his engaging and polarising personality and his Irishness have dictated otherwise. Two fights and he’s already a serious ticket seller. The O2 Arena sold out in a matter of hours and the fight is live on 3eIreland from 8pm.
McGregor has used his year long injury lay-off wisely, ensuring he remained in the consciousness of the fans and his fellow fighters in large part due to his expert Twitter trolling.
Now fit again he gets to back up his silver tongue with his fists against Brandao. Another impressive win and McGregor takes a big step towards being a serious contender in the featherweight division.
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