Conor McGregor could bring Ireland to a standstill if he can win this weekend, at least according to one teammate.
The stakes have never been higher for McGregor, who goes into this Sunday's UFC Fight Night Boston knowing that a win will get him a title shot. And UFC President, Dana White, only added fuel to the fire, confirming that it's between Croke Park and Vegas as potential venues for a title fight with Jose Aldo.
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Not a man to show fear or nerves, it will likely be hard for McGregor to control his excitement as he walks out to a raucous Boston crowd knowing what's at stake. McGregor will square off against Dennis Siver, a man that many expect the Irish fighter to beat and is just a stepping stone to his eagerly anticipated fight with Aldo.
McGregor himself even promised a win within two minutes against Siver during an interview at UFC 182. With White's announcement, the pure size of the event would dwarf that of the UFC's highest ever attendance (which is 55,724 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada).
Croke Park is an 83,000 seater stadium home to Gaelic football and according to McGregor's teammate, Paddy Holohan, a venus of that size would "close down Ireland".
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Holohan is set to fight at this weekend's UFC Fight Night Boston card as well, and is hoping to bounce back after a loss last time out, as well as a McGregor win.
"I don't think I've ever seen the stadium where (the fans) are all there, laserbeaming in on one thing. It's usually split because it's two teams facing each other, so we'd see what 80,000 people sound like as one. You heard what 10,000 people sounded like at the O2.
"This whole country will close down. People should buy a ticket to Dublin now, just in case!" Holohan told the Daily Mirror.
"This whole country will close down. People should buy a ticket to Dublin now, just in case"