August 15th marked the date that the Ultimate Fighter’s Championship was slated to return to Dublin. This followed after Conor McGregor, the Irish’s most formidable fighter in history, rallied for the competition to return at 3Arena. Issues following this return have developed after the announcement that mass gatherings in Ireland are limited to a maximum of five thousand people until September. Those individuals permitted to attend must be screened before and after arriving at a sporting facility. Considering that 3Arena can host thirteen thousand attendees, this would mean eight thousand potential ticketholders wouldn’t be permitted with UFC Dublin. Dana White could potentially cancel UFC Dublin after learning that acquired funds will be substantially lower than initially expected.
The Irish government informed local authorities that venue promoters in Ireland could not exceed five thousand civilians. Licenses indicating higher volumes will be immediately declined and impose significant fines onto the venue promoter. It should be mentioned that the Ultimate Fighter’s Championship hasn’t confirmed any fights for Dublin. However, rumours suggested that Darren Till would compete against Robert Whittaker for the UFC Middleweight Championship.
The UFC hasn’t provided a formal statement regarding Ireland’s mass gathering limitations. Fighting analysts suspected that Dana White would either terminate this venue or postpone it beyond September. Choosing the latter would ensure that profit margins at 3Arena would be maximized. Considering that UFC Dublin in 2015 saw tickets become sold out, this is the best strategic option for Dana White.
McGregor Might Not Participate
UFC Dublin – 2020 Edition, could potentially see the loss of Conor McGregor. This follows after Ireland has begun noticing the political movements of the Irishman. Conor demanded that the government implement robust protocols for social distancing, while also donating €1 million worth of personal protective equipment to Irish hospitals. These efforts have prompted civilians to begin discussing the possibility of McGregor running to President, with odds listing him around 100/1 to win the presidency.
The UFC fighter hasn’t provided any insight into the potential of him having a political career. It’s most likely not in the cards, with Conor McGregor having only returned to the UFC in 2020. The Irishman is expected to compete against notable fighters like Khabib Nurmagomedov, Justin Gaethje, and Tony Ferguson throughout 2020. These are most likely still Conor McGregor’s plans.