The UFC's first trip to Ireland in years had a huge amount of hype behind it. Whether the hype came from the fact that newly budded Irish superstar, Conor McGregor, is headlining, or that that UFC has been absent for a long time, the ticket sales don't lie. UFC officials reported that when tickets opened to the general public they sold out in a matter of minutes.
UFC Dublin will see a clash of two top featherweights when Conor McGregor fights #14 ranked Diego Brandao. The winner of this fight will prove their worth and start to climb toward the top of the division, a division which McGregor has already individually called out. With a win over Brandao, McGregor will get a chance to back up his words and fight those who he has publicly insulted.
Brandao is the kind of fighter who will stay quiet in public but will threaten you to your face. In other words, Brandao does not fight to gain publicity, or in McGregor's case, noteriety. Brandao has been known to be a tough talker, but rarely ever in the public. McGregor, on the other hand, might be one of the most chraismatic fighters the UFC has seen since Chael Sonnen first challenged Anderson Silva for the middleweight title. So far, McGregor has been able to back up his talk, but with a Muay Thai wrecking ball and a jiu jitsu blackbelt like Brandao standing across the cage from him, he might soon realize that the upper echelon of the featherweight division are a bunch of sharks waiting to be fed.
The fight will serve as the main event in the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland. The arena capacity holds 14,000 but, with the setup of the cage, it will hold about 9,800 fans.
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