With UFC 202 around the corner, Las Vegas, Nevada, may not have many Irish fans in attendance when Conor McGregor steps into the Octagon to face Nate Diaz for a second time on Aug. 20, 2016. That’s because a round trip ticket from Ireland to “Sin City” isn’t cheap. And since numerous Irish fans likely coughed up a lot of coin in advance to see McGregor rematch Diaz at UFC 200 as originally planned before it was cancelled — or have their finances tied in other sporting events going around globally such as the Olympics — some of them won’t likely make the sacrifice this time around.
No partying in the streets this weekend, apparently.
As a result, McGregor predicts he will go into hostile “enemy territory” this weekend — unlike at UFC 196 back in March –telling “The MMA Hour” that Diaz’s fan base may outweigh his come fight night.
“I estimate that I’ll be fighting in enemy territory this time,” he said. “Usually it’s been home for me in this place, with traveling fans. I’m estimating I’m going into a war zone here,” McGregor said (via MMA Fighting). “That’s what I’m estimating, that’s what I’ve been preparing for, that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
That said, McGregor hopes to fight again in Ireland soon, something he hasn’t done since taking out Diego Brandao two years ago in Dublin. First, “Notorious” says he has to take care of business stateside before he can go back home and compete in front of his countrymen.
“I fight all the fucking time, so it’s getting close for me now that I want to fight back home, that I want to give my fans back home a fight, he said. “I’ve been kept away from my home for a while. I understand that ….View full article
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