New location, same old Conor McGregor. The self-anointed king of combat sports hit New York City last night with all of the trademark ferocity and farce we have come to expect, turning the final pre-fight press conference for UFC 205 into an off-Broadway pantomime.
After a fractious five months ended with Conor McGregor resiliently reclaiming his position as the biggest draw in combat sports, the Dubliner might be pitched right back into a fresh battle of wills with his UFC employers.
Conor McGregor stared out through his oversized glasses and even through the still blurred vision of the most brutally punishing night of his life, things looked a whole lot rosier. The unnecessary spectacles — Chief Brody meets Deirdre Barlow — are apparently a fashion statement. Who are we to argue with what’s trending?
ean-Baptiste Seckler is from France, a country that until September had never hosted a commissioned mixed martial arts event. The Ultimate Fighting Championship has yet to brought bring its all-swinging, all-dancing, seemingly all-conquering circus to French shores.