Conor McGregor said if the UFC came back to Dublin, Ireland that he would sell the arena out.
McGregor also stated that whoever he was paired up again, the fight would end quickly.
“Notorious” was 2-for-2 in his predictions, defeating Diego Brandao Saturday at UFC Fight Night 46 in front of a sold out O2 Arena in Ireland. The bout was McGregor’s return following knee surgery last year.
“I said I was going to put him away in the first round and I put him away in the first round,” McGregor said. “It will take something special…..for someone to come over here in my hometown, there isn’t a man alive that can beat me on this soil.”
McGregor (15-2) improved to 3-0 since joining the UFC with a first round finish of Marcus Brimage. He scored a decision over Max Holloway last August, but the fight resulted in an injured knee. He was originally scheduled to face Cole Miller, but Miller suffered an injury and was forced out.
The change in opponent didn’t seem to matter to McGregor, as he embraced the Irish crowd and took the fight to Brandao, a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter.
“I knew I was the bigger man, the bigger featherweight,” McGregor said. “At the end of the day, what’s next for me? I’m going to go backstage, have some whiskey with Lorenzo Fertitta and talk about (competing in an Irish) futbol stadium and world titles. That’s what I want.”
Brandao suffered a second straight first round knockout loss, as he was also finished by Dustin Poirier this past December. He is now 18-10 in his career and 4-3 with the UFC.
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