It appears New York isn't the only locale resisting the rise of mixed martial arts (MMA).
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is hoping to bring a major combat sports event to 80,000-plus seat Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, headlined by local hero and current undisputed featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
And despite his "Notorious" ability to "shut down" his native homeland, not everyone is welcoming him with open arms. That includes chair of the vocal residents' association, Pat Gates, who insisted that he, along with local residents, could stand in the way.
From his conversation with Irish Mirror:
"I don't think it would be something that we would be very keen to see coming to Croke Park. Personally speaking, I think the fights are very brutal and violent. I'd be surprised if the GAA would endorse that sport. I don't know the type of people that follow him and what sort of atmosphere there is in terms of rowdiness, in terms of public order, they are all the things that we would be seriously concerned about. I'm not speaking for all the residents but I don't think it would go down well. It's something we would have to discuss but we would have perennial issues with the type of crowds and what impact that is likely to have on the residents."
Gates also admitted that in the end, "money talks."
McGregor captured the featherweight crown by knocking out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds in the main event of UFC 194 (video). "Notorious" has yet to taste defeat inside the Octagon and is already getting mainstream attention. It may just be a matter of time before the Croke residents wilt.