No European fighter in recent memory has lit up the Octagon the way that the brash Irishman has. But after back-to-back victories upon his arrival to the Octagon, McGregor suffered a torn ACL and has been sidelined for the better part of the past year.
He's ready to continue his climb towards a title shot in Saturday's main event against Brandao, who is stepping in for the injured Cole Miller.
McGregor and Brandao were both jumping out of their skin after stepping off the scale, obviously itching to get in the Octagon and start the fight. UFC president Dana White, with a rabid crowd of Irish fans screaming at the top of their lungs, kept McGregor and Brandao from going at it on the weigh-in stage.
Pulled aside for a quick comment, McGregor did not wait for a question. Instead, the brash Irishman yanked the microphone away broadcaster Andy Friedlander and yelled, “Tomorrow, I take his head clean off. Then I come for the featherweight title. Tomorrow I take his head clean off!”
UFC Fight Night Dublin Weigh-in Results
Main Card (on UFC Fight Pass)
Conor McGregor (146) vs. Diego Brandao (145.5)
Gunnar Nelson (170.5) vs. Zak Cummings (171)
Brad Pickett (126) vs. Ian McCall (126)
Norman Parke (155.5) vs. Naoyuki Kotani (155.5)
Preliminary Card (on UFC Fight Pass)
Ilir Latifi (205) vs. Chris Dempsey (204)
Neil Seery (125.5) vs. Phil Harris (126)
Cathal Pendred (186) vs. Mike King (185.5)
Tor Troeng (185) vs. Trevor Smith (185.5)
Cody Donovan (205) vs. Nikita Krylov (205)
Patrick Holohan (125.5) vs. Josh Sampo (126.5)
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