Conor McGregor vs Jose Aldo Likely Taking Place at UFC 187 in Las Vegas
The highly-anticipated UFC featherweight title fight between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo will likely take place at UFC 187 on May 23rd, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor earned the title shot with his second-round TKO over Dennis Siver, last night at UFC Fight Night 59.
The UFC was initially looking at holding the fight at Croke Park stadium in Dublin, Ireland. However, UFC president Dana White revealed that there’s too many obstacles standing in the way of making it happen, for now. Here’s what he had to say at the UFC Fight Night 59 post-event press conference:
“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 for production, I guarantee you it’s going to rain; I’m not a meteorologist, but I’ll bet you it’s going to rain. I’m not saying we’re never going to do it, but Vegas for this one.”
The win over Siver brings Conor McGregor’s UFC record to a perfect 5-0. He has also defeated top 10 ranked opponents in back-to-back fights.
Some fans and media don’t agree with the path McGregor was given to the title shot. But there’s no denying the Irishman is one of the most popular fighters currently on the UFC roster.
Jose Aldo also has a perfect record in the UFC, going 7-0 in the Octagon, with all of the wins being title defenses. Aldo last fought at UFC 179 against Chad Mendes, a fight that won ‘fight of the night’ honors.
Shortly after referee Herb Dean called an end to the fight with Dennis Siver, Conor McGregor scaled the Octagon fence and tried to get into the face of Aldo. Security held him back to prevent any further altercation. See the video below.
Conor McGregor Jumps out of Octagon to Confront Jose Aldo