Trying to stay busy during the summer, Spanish giants Real Madrid are interested in hosting a UFC at their 81,000 capacity Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, headlined by current featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
According to Irish radio station Newstalk, the Champions League winners want McGregor to spearhead the event, with it having to take place sometime between May to July during the La Liga off-season.
A representative from Real Madrid reportedly chimed that the club would “be glad if we could make a UFC event; our stadium can hold more than 80,000 fans.”
The promotion is always looking to make bigger moves in Europe and despite McGregor’s aspirations to fight in Ireland once again, and the country’s willingness to make it happen, the promotion has yet to really take the continent by storm.
Conveniently, the brash Dubliner is already friendly with Real Madrid’s talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, meeting the two-time Ballon D’Or winner before his showdown with Nate Diaz at UFC 202.
Maybe Ronaldo’s sway at the Bernabeu got the ball rolling, who knows. Needless to say, a show in Madrid would prove beneficial for fight fans in Ireland, saving them the costly trip to the states to see McGregor fight.
The 28-year-old is currently preparing for his lightweight title showdown with Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 next month. If the slander-spewing Irishman gets his hand raised, he’ll become the first fighter in the promotion’s history to hold two division titles simultaneously.
However, UFC President Dana White has made abruptly clear that McGregor will need to vacate one of the belts, with the 145-pound champ needing some time before eventually warming up to the idea.
UFC 205 takes place on November 12th at the Madison Square Garden arena in New York.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena