Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight phenom Conor McGregor is giving you a quick preview of what to expect when he throws hands opposite Max Holloway at the UFC Fight Night 26 event, scheduled for Saturday night (Aug. 17, 2013) at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Yes, a "Prelims" fighter was given his own open workout.
There's a lot of hype surrounding the Irish import, who was mixing it up for mixed martial arts (MMA) fans and media at Peter Welch's world-famous boxing gym in South Boston on Tuesday (Aug. 13), thanks to his loose lips and elbow-rubbing with UFC President Dana White.
So much so, that White is comfortable drawing early comparisons to former box-office draw Brock Lesnar (via Boston Herald), as the WWE star was also riding a runaway hype train early in his UFC career.
"You've got that right," White said when asked if McGregor had more hype surrounding him than any other superstar in the history of the promotion. "Other than Brock Lesnar."
Now it's time to deliver, and hopefully avoid the same fate that befell the former heavyweight champion.
McGregor (13-2) made his Octagon debut earlier this year with a sensational first-round knockout over Marcus Brimage at UFC on FUEL TV 9. The "Notorious" finish earned him a $60,000 bonus for "Knockout of the Night" and effectively put the rest of the 145-pound division on notice.
Top featherweight contender Cub Swanson is not impressed.
That could change depending on McGregor's performance in "Beantown," featured on the FOX Sports 1 preliminary card, which kicks off at 6 p.m. ET. With a win, the self-proclaimed "King of Dublin" is expected to earn himself a top-10 ranked opponent for his next fight.
Holloway, however, may have something to say about that on Saturday night.