NewsNews

McGregor's fans take over Las Vegas ahead of the big fight

NewsBy Daragh Keany
Our man Daragh (centre) with McGregor fans
Our man Daragh (centre) with McGregor fans

Three flights, 21 hours, 9,227 kilometres, five mediocre mid-flight meals, two movies (one good, one awful) a few too many beers, one humongous passenger right beside us on the longest flight of the trip and one blossoming bromance – and that’s just for openers.

There were two stressful transfers, eight time zones, one dodgy breakfast at Heathrow, the most annoying drunk English couple ever, one nervous showdown at customs, two taxis, four hot air hostesses, two not-so-hot air hostesses, way too much turbulence, the best Irish band in Vegas, another few mid-flight beers, two excited journalists and one epic journey!

Las Vegas was engulfed in a sea of green this week as up to 10,000 fans made the trip to Nevada to cheer on UFC hero Conor McGregor, and the Sunday World was right there in the thick of it.

Since Wednesday, Sin City has slowly been taken over by enthusiastic Irish fans all hoping to witness a piece of UFC history.

Irish fans were left disappointed when McGregor’s Dublin-based team-mate Artem Lobov lost the ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ 22 final on Friday night. 

In the early hours of this morning the former Crumlin plumber stepped into the octagon against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert José Aldo to unify the Featherweight division.

FOR OUR FULL PRE-FIGHT REPORT FROM SIN CITY DO NOT MISS THIS WEEKEND'S SUNDAY WORLD