After six crazy months on the road, McGregor returns home to his native Dublin, where he finds himself right back where he started preparing for a world title fight with Jose Aldo. He began this adventure in March heading to the states to promote the fight with Aldo.
The only time he returned home was in May on the memorable world tour. So what has McGregor been up to for the last six months, since he finds himself back here? The short answer is well... A whole lot!
McGregor embarked on a record breaking world tour with Aldo under the assumption that the two would trade blows at UFC 189. The world was collectively salivating over the fight after watching the two face off ten times in eleven days with the heat growing between the two.
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Even when the pair began training videos began airing of Aldo sparring with Brazilian Jonas Bilharinho, who was imitating McGregor, which again raised the profile of the fight.
The interest was peaking in the fight when news broke that Aldo had to withdraw from the fight with a bruised rib. So much drama unfolded in the next few days but the good news was McGregor would remain on the card fighting Chad Mendes for the Interim World Title.
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Far from the card falling apart the ticket sales actually spiked, proving McGregor was the big draw he had professed himself to be. In Chad Mendes, however, he would be fighting a guy who many fans believed the UFC was protecting him from, a wrestler, an elite wrestler at that.
When UFC 189 finally came around, nobody could have prepared themselves for what they were about to witness. Arguably, this is the greatest card in the history of the UFC, with six amazing fights that will live long in the memory.
The Main Event of course was McGregor and when he walked out to Sinead O Connor performing live you couldn't help but feel like you were witnessing history. Even after the fight when McGregor embraced his mother after receiving the belt, you could tell that you were witnessing something special.
McGregor’s post-fight interview showed a whole new side to the usually brash Irishman. He showed humility and he was overwhelmed by it all. The following week McGregor began shooting the newest season of The Ultimate Fighter alongside Urijah Faber, a teammate of Mendes. Again anticipation for his upcoming endeavour engulfed the MMA world including the media.
After eight weeks of filming, McGregor attended one final media obligation the night before returning home. The event was called 'Go Big'. As if inspired by the title McGregor began a tirade of abuse to his fellow fighters calling out seven of the fighters on stage.
It appeared the only fighter he respects is Ronda Rousey. After that anyone's game. The following evening McGregor landed in Dublin airport still donning the same suit from the night before looking tired, but I suppose he deserves to look tired.