Hot on the heels of yesterday’s (Sat., October 24, 2015) UFC Fight Night 76 from the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, the mixed martial arts (MMA) world will now await a more high-profile form of fighting when favorite son Conor McGregor takes on featherweight champion Jose Aldo in the main event of UFC 194 this December 12, 2015, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With the bout originally scheduled for July 11’s UFC 189 and promoted to the fullest degree by an exhausting 10-city UFC 189 World Championship Tour, the hype seems to have died down for the monumental grudge match a bit after Aldo injured his rib and pulled out of yet another huge fight.
As always, the waiting is the hardest part of letting expectations get too high, and the UFC focused on that in a new promotional video depicting McGregor training for the biggest bout of his life:
Due to the fight taking forever to actually take place, Aldo has been made the victim of countless hours of McGregor’s incessant trash talk, and he’s only insisted that he’ll shut the Irish bad boy’s mouth when they finally meet in the octagon. His message for the interim champ is simple:
With a unique Ireland vs. Brazil dynamic in play at UFC 194, Aldo will carry the weight of his Brazilian faithful on his shoulders, something he’s ready for as he enters the arena with the Brazilian flag draped on his shoulders:
But McGregor obviously brings the entire loud Irish Nation with him, and his fanbase may be the most passionate and loyal in all of MMA. The final short video depicted McGregor taking Ireland on his back to represent his home land in the biggest fight of the year: