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MGM places largest EVER order for booze ahead of UFC 194

UFCBy Daragh Keany
Conor McGregor will be aiming to unify the featherweight belts on Saturday night
Conor McGregor will be aiming to unify the featherweight belts on Saturday night

Las Vegas is preparing for its biggest weekend since Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao in May and the biggest night in UFC history.

An incredible 10,000 Irish UFC fans are expected to land in the Nevada capital this week for the hotly-anticipated December 12 showdown between Dublin hero Conor McGregor and Brazilian champion José Aldo. 

Hotels like The MGM Grand, The Bellagio, The Luxor and The Mirage are stocking up on Guinness and whiskey as the sea of green makes its way to Sin City for UFC 194.

As if the eagerly-awaited featherweight unification title fight between the fierce rivals wasn’t enough, Irish fans will have Dublin-based Gunnar Nelson to cheer on too on the same card.

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On top of all that, fellow SBG (Straight Blast Gym run by John Kavanagh) fighter Artem Lobov will be fighting on Friday, December 11 in The Ultimate Fighter 22 final.  

Raheny man John O’Donnell, who is a partner in Crush restaurant at the MGM in Vegas, told the Sunday World: “We thought Conor’s fight in July was the biggest weekend ever, but this is already trouncing that.

“Our catering team here at the MGM have placed their biggest ever order of Guinness, beer and Jameson. We ran out in July, so we don’t want that to happen this time around.” 

John moved to Las Vegas nearly 20 years ago and has become a celebrity in his own right on the famous strip. He boasts some of the planet’s biggest stars on his speed dial but admits that UFC 189 in July proved why the Irish are so popular around the world. 

“They spent three hours singing and dancing in the lobby of the hotel after Conor beat Chad Mendes. It was insane. I was very proud.

“There wasn’t one bit of trouble. They reckoned 2,500 came over for that fight and I am hearing that over 10,000 will arrive in December.” 

Two other Dubliners based in Vegas are musicians Dave Rooney and Dave Browne, who perform as The Black Donnellys at Rí Rá in The Mandalay Bay. 

They have written a catchy tune, called The Notorious, which they hope will be considered by Conor for his walk-out tune at the Aldo fight.

“We know that Conor’s team have heard the song and we got great feedback from them. We know it is a long shot, but we live in hope,” said Rooney.

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