"I'm Irish, Lorenzo is Italian. Lorenzo is Irish now, Lorenzo has turned the corner, he's Irish! We want to do Croke Park, we really do. If this kid wins that title, we want his first defense to be in Croke Park. Irish MMA is awesome, it's incredible, the way that you guys have burst onto the global scene. I can't wait to come back here and put on another event at the O2 or Croke Park, either one."
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight
tiger No. 1 contender Conor McGregor has yet to win the 145-pound title, but promotion president Dana White -- along with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta -- already have "Notorious" plans if and when he does. That includes a title defense in Dublin's Croke Park, a venue the promotion tried to secure earlier this year to no avail. Of course, it may not matter if McGregor is unable to get past reigning featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo, who puts his strap on the line at the UFC 189 pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Call me crazy, but I get the feeling that White and Co. (via Setanta Sports) aren't banking on that particular outcome. Was Dana being disrespectful to the champ, or simply pandering to the Irish media while on location?