After Conor McGregor’s one-sided TKO victory over Diego Brandao in the main event of UFC Fight Night 46 from Dublin’s O2 Arena this past Saturday (July 19, 2014), speculation soon shifted as to just whom “Notorious’s” next opponent would be.
No. 6-ranked Dustin Poirier was quick to sign on to face the outspoken McGregor, voicing his readiness on Twitter and volunteering his skills for the stacked UFC 178 card on September 27 from Las Vegas.
It was a fight that most felt had to be made, and today, the UFC has apparently listened. Poirier and the No. 10-ranked McGregor will throw down at UFC 178 as planned:
— UFC United Kingdom (@UFC_UK) July 22, 2014
UFC 178’s venue was previously up in the air, but Ariel Helwani just confirmed that the event will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena:
UFC officially announces that THE UFC 178 card will take place at MGM Grand on 9/27. Sorry, Kings of Leon.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 22, 2014
“The Diamond” spoke up yesterday to offer his prediction for a fight with “Notorious,” believing that he will finish the “overrated” Irish superstar in the second round.
It appears that we’re a bout to find out just how real McGregor’s hype is, as he’ll face off with his first ranked opponent.
Set to feature the long-awaited Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson title fight rematch, UFC 178 has now added the promotion’s biggest stars to an already blockbuster card.
Who is your pick to win this bad blood-fueled showdown?
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