And if that comes to pass, UFC president Dana White has confirmed that the promotion would look at doing Aldo vs. McGregor on the Irishman’s home turf in an 80,000-plus-seat stadium in Dublin, Croke Park.
There could be one not-so-small stumbling block in the way for that to happen, however. Stadium director Peter McKenna told The Score that, while they would be “very pleased to host the event,” the Dublin City Council has a curfew in place that would force the event to be over by 11 p.m. local time.
That would conflict with the UFC’s usual pay-per-view plans, which almost always revolve around Western time zones. It would the event into a non-standard daytime schedule in North America, which is not usually conducive to a high pay-per-view buy rate.
That doesn’t mean that Dublin is out of the question, however, as Dave Allen, the UFC’s Director of Brand, Communications and Events told The Score that deviating from the normal start time is not something that is too far out of the question.
“If there are curfews, that’s okay, not all events have to hit U.S. timelines. The way we think is, how can we get the most people to watch our events? We have fans all around the world consuming the product. But we haven’t looked at any of that at this moment,” Allen said. “I don’t think curfews, licenses or any of that are stopping us from going anywhere. We come up against that process everywhere we go, and that’s the process we will go through again if Conor wins this weekend and we decide we’re going to go that way.
“Once we get to that stage, then we have to get into a planning process. Then we have to start working out where is the best place to hold that event,” Allen continued. “There are a number of different things that have to be looked at before we can say we’re going to Croke Park, the Aviva Stadium, Las Vegas… a lot of work has to be done beforehand, so I would not be counting the chickens before this egg has hatched.”