It’s been seven years since former two-weight UFC champion, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor featured on home soil inside the promotion’s Octagon. However, before it’s all said and done on his career, the Crumlin native maintains he will headline a stadium show in the capital.
Currently recovering from a devastating tibia fracture suffered in his July doctor’s stoppage loss to three-time opponent, Dustin Poirier, McGregor is expected to return to action in a year’s time as he attempts to snap a two-fight losing streak.
The 33-year-old met with former interim lightweight champion, Poirier in a headlining rubber match at UFC 264 last month, and with just 10-seconds remaining in the opening frame, McGregor fractured his left tibia, drawing a close to the trilogy bout at the end of the first round.
The defeat came as the second consecutively for McGregor following a second round knockout loss to Lafayette puncher, Poirier in Abu Dhabi, UAE in January of this year at UFC 256. The loss marked the first occasion McGregor had been stopped with strikes in professional mixed martial arts.
Earmarking a timeframe of a year before his return to active competition, McGregor engaged in a Q&A session on his official Twitter account this morning, where he claimed he would headline a stadium show in Dublin before the book is closed on his career, as well as voicing his dismay toward the current government in Dáil Éireann.
“Yes,” McGregor replied when asked if he would feature at a Dublin stadium show. “Outdoor dining. Dine on some little fool I will for the home crowd. I’ll dine on what’s going on in that Dáil (Éireann) if they want.“
The former featherweight and lightweight champion last featured professionally on home soil back in July of 2014 in his run to the featherweight crown, where he headlined a 3Arena event against Brazil’s, Diego Brandao, stopping The Ultimate Fighter 14 in the opening round with strikes.
In August of last year, the UFC was expected to land at the 3Arena once again for a UFC Fight Night Dublin event, until the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as numerous restrictions, prevented the staging of the event. The showcase was set to feature a middleweight headliner between former division champion, Robert Whittaker and division contender, Darren Till.
Following his UFC 246 knockout victory over Donald Cerrone, McGregor immediately shot down the idea of a stadium show taking place in the UK — insisting a showcase like that should take place in his native Dublin.
“If there’s a stadium show happening in Europe, it’s happening in Ireland, it’s not happening in the UK,” McGregor said. “I love the UK greatly also, but it’s not happening in the UK. If there’s a stadium show earmarked for me, in Europe, bring that motherf*cker to Ireland. And I’m asking (for) that since the beginning.“