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Conor McGregor talks rugby, the Super Bowl and a likely July date for Jose Aldo fight

The Dubliner was in Arizona before Sunday’s big game.

Source: MMAjunkie.com/YouTube

CONOR MCGREGOR SAYS his much-anticipated UFC featherweight title bout against Jose Aldo will most likely take place in July.

In the wake of the Dubliner’s win over Denis Siver in Boston this month, May had been ear-marked as a date for the fight. However, as discussions continued the early summer month has apparently become a non-runner:

“It’s still a little bit in the air,” he told MMAJunkie while in Glendale for the build-up to Super Bowl.

“I think July, we’re talking. Early July around international fight week I believe we’re looking at now. It was supposed to be May, there were rumours it was May. Now we’re talking July.”

Asked if he was disappointed that the fight would be in Las Vegas rather than the mooted date in Croke Park, McGregor focused on the financial positives.

“Vegas is big business, we had the stadium ready in Ireland, a couple of issues came up. 

If we went and done the stadium in Ireland we would have cut out the pay-per-views, and now I’m on the pay-per-view cut. So we are heading to Vegas.

“Vegas is home away from home – chances are I’ll go out there about eight weeks before the fight, set up a house, set up my team out there and have it as a home away from home, have home field advantage. Vegas is home as well.

And a prediction of how his meeting with Aldo will go?

“Similar to most of them. I will enter the contest free and I will break them down bit by bit. As soon as the first exchange happens it’s not a joke no more.”

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