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UFC President: We want McGregor title defence in Croke Park

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
UFC President Dana White
UFC President Dana White

UFC President Dana White has said the promotion company are interested in bringing a major event to either Croke Park or the 3Arena but that Conor McGregor must live up to his end of the bargain and beat Jose Aldo in Las Vegas this summer.

McGregor's first title defence would be in Ireland and White wants to stage it at Croke Park or the 3Arena.

Speaking to Setanta Sports, he said: "We want to do Croke Park, we really do. If this kid (Conor McGregor) wins that title, we want his first defence to be in Croke Park.

"If Conor wins that title, it's going to be crazy. How quickly and easily he has done this. He has the potential to be great.

"Nobody has come from obscurity to a massive superstar the way Conor McGregor has. 

"It's tougher to get things done in Dublin than I thought it would be. They have curfews and restrictions, it's tough to navigate through here."

White is impressed by the ease with which McGregor handles all of the attention outside the Octagon.

"It's awesome to listen to Conor talk about fighting and how he feels about Ireland.

"It's one of the fascinating things about the stare downs and the mindgames, leading up to the fight.

"They (Aldo and McGregor) have both been playing them. When you'll really know (if Conor has broken Aldo mentally) is the weigh-ins.

"That's the day you'll know where guys are mentally. Conor is very good at the mind and emotional warfare.

"He's very good at all areas of this combat sport."

Watch the entire interview below: