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Arnold Schwarzenegger congratulates Conor McGregor on latest win

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McGregor headlined one of the best cards in recent memory. (©GettyImages)
McGregor headlined one of the best cards in recent memory. (©GettyImages).

Arnold Schwarzenegger is just one of many new fans of Conor McGregor after the Irish star put on a dominant display at Saturday's Fight Night 46.

The Terminator and Expendables star tweeted: "Congratulations @TheNotoriousMMA on a fantastic victory yesterday. You are the McGregor-nator.!" on Saturday night, after McGregor knocked out Diego Brandao in the first round.

It capped off what had to be the best weekend of McGregor's life as he main evented his first UFC card in front of a raucous home crowd that has been heralded as one of the best of all time.

"It was special"

Dana White was a particular fan of the event and after hyping up the effect that it had on the UFC's Fight Pass service, he went on to compliment the crowd and the atmosphere they had created.

"The crowd here is like nothing ever seen before," White told the press after the event, "I've been doing this for 13 years and I've never seen anything like it."

It's clear that White was more than won over by the atmosphere, the purse and the hype that the event generated and the UFC will return. Finding an indoor venue with the capacity needed could prove difficult, however.

What next for McGregor?

McGregor himself has said that he wants to try and sell-out a stadium and based on Saturday night, it looks as if that's well within his reach.

However, White also told the media that he expects McGregor to fight in Las Vegas next time out and it's looking ever more likely that he'll be facing off against Dustin Poirier.

The two were involved in a war of words long before McGregor's return fight to face off against Brandao and now it seems as if the UFC is ready to let the two settle their business inside of the cage.

The next big thing for MMA?

Perhaps the biggest question coming out of Fight Night 46 isn't what's next for McGregor but how far can he actually go?

The man has a natural talent for selling a fight and has made himself one of the must-see fighters in the lower weight divisions - something the UFC has been searching for.

With the backing of stars like Schwarzenegger and oodles of charisma to boot, McGregor could be the next mainstream star for the UFC, joining the likes of Brock Lesnar, Georges St-Pierre and Ronda Rousey as those with crossover appeal.

McGregor has something special about him and it's hard to pin down exactly what that is but it's there and if he can keep getting the results, McGregor is set to revolutionise the lower weight divisions.

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