For about a year’s time, Conor McGregor and Irish fight fans have dreamt about record-breaking event inside of Dublin’s Croke Park. Able to hold approximately 82,000 people for a soccer match, the Irish stadium has every bit of room to break the UFC’s all-time record for attendance — regardless of whether or not the fans in Australia are able to do it this year at UFC 193.
The necessities were relatively obvious from the get-go: Dana White and the UFC would need McGregor to defeat reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Really, that was it; especially considering it only took McGregor’s name a reported three minutes to sell out the then-02 Arena.
But another name has been added to the mix, now that this new fighter managed to break McGregor’s insane record by selling out his own Dublin show in about 60 seconds.
“To do Croke Park, we’re going to need Conor and [Joseph] Duffy to do that one,” White said to UFC.com. “I think it’s incredible that these guys want to fight there. I think it’s incredible that the fans want it so bad, and I want it as bad as they want it, too.”
Much to the dismay of the hardcore fight fan, Duffy is widely known as the man who last defeated McGregor, submitting him in less than 40 seconds nearly five years ago. Both men have grown in skill since then, allowing their names to skyrocket in the MMA circuit as the two best Irish fighters in the UFC.
Duffy takes on Dustin Poirier at UFC Fight Night 76 in Dublin, while McGregor next faces Aldo for the featherweight title on Dec. 12 at UFC 194 in Las Vegas.