Conor McGregor earned his fifth straight win under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner by obliterating Dennis Siver in the main event of UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston, Mass (video highlights here).
More importantly, "Notorious" earned himself the right to fight for the featherweight strap, as he'll finally get his chance to get his hands on division champion, Jose Aldo. Common sense would suggest to stage the bout in a stadium in Ireland, and capitalize on Conor's booming popularity.
Not this time.
That's because UFC President Dana White revealed during the UFC Fight Night 59 post-fight press conference (video) that the much-anticipated title bout would take place in Las Vegas, Nevada -- not Croke Park in Ireland -- which seats 82,000 people -- the site McGregor was pleading for prior to fight night.
White offered up the details (via MMA Fighting):
"Were looking at Vegas in May. There's a lot of obstacles for Croke Park. The time, they have a curfew at night where you can't get permits to stay out that late and do an event there. You lose about 25 to 30 percent on pay-per-view being in another country. The amount of money on the production for Croke Park, and I can guarantee you it's going to rain. I'm not a meteorologist, but I bet it's going to rain. I'm not saying we're never going to do it, but Vegas for this one. "
Conor, however, wasn't too bummed about vying for his first-ever title in "Sin CIty."
"The stadium is a dream of mine. A vision of mine. I think the visions are getting there. I said two minutes, I meant two rounds. I'm onto something. But Vegas, I'm happy with Vegas. We discussed it. It's tradition. I remove a head, I bring it backstage and I place it on Mr. Fertitta's and Mr. White's desk. 'Here you go, boss, another one done.' We then discuss big business. And big business just happens to be in Viva Las Vegas. So, were going to go get Las Vegas and one more head will be collected."
Fans almost got a preview of the fight after "Notorious" jumped the cage to confront the champ after stomping Siver out, only to be held back by security (see it again here).
It's a good thing, too, because a repeat of this is the last thing the promotion needs.
No other fights have been announced for the annual Memorial Day Weekend event, but you can bet plenty of fighters will be throwing their names in the hat to compete at the event; as it is assured to be a sellout and will likely bring in big time pay-per-view (PPV) numbers.
The hype train has just left the station...