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GAA President says Croker is 'here and available' for Conor McGregor

Other SportsBy Sean Nolan
Has a Conor McGregor fight at Croker moved a step closer?
Has a Conor McGregor fight at Croker moved a step closer?

In the strongest indication yet that a massive UFC event may take place in Croke Park, GAA President Aogan O Fearghail has given the green light for an application to be put in.

Speaking to the Herald, O Fearghail said: "Our stadium is here and available. I haven't seen an application but every application that comes is always welcome.

"He's a young athlete who clearly has a world following. Certainly we need to discuss with Conor when he wants to fight and when he wants the venue."

This is fantastic news for the thousands of Irish UFC fans who long for an outdoor event here with Notorious topping the bill.

McGregor will fight Jose Aldo in Las Vegas on July 11 for the UFC featherweight title and if successful a title defence at HQ would lead to one of the most in-demand Irish sporting events of all time.

UFC supremo Dana White has already said he would love for McGregor to defend his title at the home of GAA and while there would still appear to be issues over curfews and the time the fight would need to take place to ensure it was on at a reasonable time for the US audience, the amount of money such an event would generate would surely iron out any such wrinkles.