Larger than life #5 featherweight Conor McGregor (17-2) needed just under 7 minutes to seal the deal against #10 Dennis Siver at Fight Night 59. Advancing to 5-0 in the UFC, the Irish superstar was told that he would earn the next crack at champion Jose Aldo. When and where will “Notorious” meet “Scarface?”
Conor McGregor made his qualifying fight look easy, utilizing his reach advantage and precise striking to dish out punishment. From Siver’s end, he was not able to capitalize on his takedown attempts of McGregor but was able to generate some offense with kicks and a few hooks. On his original prediction of the fight time and the result, McGregor states:
“I said two minutes — I meant two rounds,” McGregor said. “I felt comfortable throughout. I don’t think any of these featherweights pose a threat. Every single one keeps talking but I don’t hear them talking about skill or technique, because they know I own that.”
To top it all off, McGregor gave attendee Jose Aldo a personal precursor to their upcoming fight. Jumping out of the octagon almost immediately after the win, he leapt out to meet Aldo in the stands, to which he only responded to with a smile.
So the next obvious question is will the fight take place in Aldo’s house in Brazil or McGregor’s in Ireland? If you guessed Las Vegas, Nevada, you would be correct.
“It’s probably looking like Vegas is the most likely place it’s going to happen,” UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta told ESPN.com. “We kind of went back and forth over what makes sense: Ireland, Brazil, Vegas.”
“The reality is the time in Ireland makes it very difficult to draw PPV numbers. We couldn’t get the permits that would allow us to do the event early morning, which means we’d have to hold the PPV in the afternoon in the U.S. We didn’t feel like that would be feasible. There’s nothing wrong with a big fight in Vegas.”
Do you think Conor McGregor has what it takes to beat long time champ Jose Aldo? While the word is that the fight will be in Las Vegas, will it wind up in Brazil?