If you had any doubt that Conor McGregor still commands the masses leading up to his return to action the above video should help ease all concerns.
McGregor, who meets Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246, will be making his first Octagon appearance since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov over 15 months ago. The long layoff afforded McGregor the time he needed to refocus his fighting career and make 2020 his best year yet.
McGregor’s calmed persona heading into UFC 246 has many people wondering if the 31-year-old still has it. Instead of bashing “Cowboy” like he did Khabib and ripping personal shots at every turn, McGregor has taken a more calculated approach to his comeback and essentially left all the trash talk at home. It may not be the most popular decision for all the click bait extraordinaires out there, but McGregor has earned the right to enter a fight without manifesting artificial beef with an opponent.
With a different McGregor entering the cage this weekend in one of the most important fights of 2020, many around the sport are wondering if “Mystic Mac” still has the pull he did just 15 months ago. Will McGregor still be able to eclipse the 1,000,000 PPV-buy mark? Will the Irish people still pack the T-Mobile Arena like they have in the past?
These are questions that will be answered sooner than later, but in case you had any doubts about McGregor’s popularity removed from a lengthy layoff and convincing loss to Khabib please check out the above video footage captured by TMZ Sports. The amount of crazed McGregor fans invading Las Vegas is as big as ever and everything seems ready to roll for the Irishman’s awaited return.
UFC 246 airs live on ESPN+ PPV from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will feature notable UFC veterans such as Anthony Pettis, Holly Holm, and Raquel Pennington.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 246 fight card this weekend RIGHT HERE, starting with the Fight Pass/ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.