UFC Fight Night: Lawler vs. BrownThe main event for UFC Fight Night in San Jose features noted knockout artist Robbie Lawler taking on surging welterweight Matt Brown in a five round main event that no one expects to actually go all 25 minutes. Read More +
After almost a year on the shelf recovering from a torn ACL, "Notorious" Conor McGregor returned at Fight Night Dublin and looked as good as ever. The budding Irish superstar finished Diego Brandao in the first round, sending a message to the entire featherweight division.
There was almost a feeling leading up to Saturday's UFC Fight Night main event in Dublin that local hero Conor McGregor couldn't possibly live up to the hype he created. An arena sold out in minutes, reams of copy written about the Dubliner, and endless obligations for the featherweight prospect. But "The Notorious One" pulled it off, not just beating a tough opponent in Diego Brandao, but doing it in a way that left his fans satisfied and the critics silent, if only for a moment. There will be those who are still unconvinced that McGregor is as good as he thinks he is, but just digest this: In three UFC fights, he's done everything that has been asked of him, and he's been impressive in the process. That's all you can ask. As for the rest, only time will tell, and that's going to be the fun part because no matter who he fights and beats, there will be a segment of the public that will never give him his due. But love him or hate him, you will watch Conor McGregor, and that kind of notoriety is never a bad thing – for McGregor, the UFC, and the sport of mixed martial arts.
The main event for UFC Fight Night in San Jose features noted knockout artist Robbie Lawler taking on surging welterweight Matt Brown in a five round main event that no one expects to actually go all 25 minutes. Live on FOX Sports and FUEL TV Sunday JULY 27 at 10am AEST, with prelims on FUEL TV at 8am AEST and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass at 6am AEST.