I’m a big fan of entrance themes songs. I was at UFC Fight Night Dublin in July 2014 to see Conor McGregor decimate Diego Brandao in the first round of their main event clash.
Conor entered to a remix of “Foggy Dew” (by Sinéad O’Connor & the Chieftains) and Hypnotize (by the Notorious B.I.G). He continued to use the song in his fights against Dustin Poirier and Denis Siver.
McGregor will face the reigning, defending, undisputed UFC featherweight champion of the world José Aldo on Saturday July 11th in Las Vegas. I’ll be there to hear him march to the cage to this adrenaline pumping tune.
The songs themselves were pretty easy to come by separately, but I couldn’t find Conor’s catchy version. Who’d have knew a famous Irish ballad would work so well with Biggie’s famous beat.
So, I mixed them up myself and here is the result. Enjoy!
Jose Aldo is set to take on Ireland’s own Conor McGregor at UFC 189 on July 11th. Much has been made about McGregor’s right to a title shot given that he currently sits at #4 in the official UFC Featherweight rankings.
Many fans have criticised the decision to award McGregor the opportunity to fight for the title. They have instead clamored for #2 ranked Frankie Edgar to have a rematch with Aldo citing that McGregor has talked his way to a title shot.
Jose Aldo weighed in on the topic:
“I’m getting a taste for [trash talking]. We have to be provocative to sell fights, talk more, to know we’ll be more profitable. It’s important. The financial side is great for me, for the UFC, and for him. But, if you talk about rankings, I think he’s undeserving. But, the rankings serve no fucking purpose, nobody fucking respects it, so this fight is good for me because of the money.”
UFC 189 takes place on July 11th. The card will be headlined by the featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, with welterweight champion Robbie Lawler defending his belt for the first time, against Rory MacDonald, in the co-main event. Deck.ie will be providing live coverage of the fight from Las Vegas
Conor McGregor sits down with RTE Sport and covers how growing up in Crumlin prepared him for life in the octagon, his 18 months as an apprentice plumber, and why for him, prize fighting is all about the glory, and the money!
McGregor faces Jose Aldo for the Featherweight title on July 11th in Las Vegas
Ticket details have been released for UFC 189: Aldo vs McGregor on July 11th in the MGM Grand Las Vegas.
UFC Fight Club members will have access to ticket sales on Wednesday 25th March at 6PM (Irish time). UFC Fight Club costs $75 yearly to gain early access to tickets. Members can purchase usually purchase 6 tickets at a time.
Subscribers to the UFC Newsletter will have access on Thursday 26th March at 6PM (Irish time).
Tickets will be on general sale on Friday March 27th at 6PM (Irish time).
Deck.ie will be attending the event live and will be covering the build up, crowd interactions, previews and post-fight analysis.
Chad Mendes, the #3 ranked Featherweight in the world, recently sat down with Inside MMA alongside fellow Team Alpha Male Urijah Faber. It was no surprise that Conor McGregor came up in conversation, given that the Irishman is the name on everyone’s lips at the moment. Mendes explains the bad blood between McGregor – or as “Money” calls him: “Conrad McGillicutty” (If you haven’t seen Ricardo Lamas’ video of this, you can check it out here). Chad also states that he would to love show McGregor what it is like to fight a “top-level wrestler.”
Mendes is slated to face #4 Featherweight Ricardo Lamas on April 4th. A win for both him and McGregor could see them face off before the end of the year.
The biggest fight in Featherweight history takes place on July 11th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It pits Ireland’s new national hero, Conor McGregor, a man we all know well against long time division king Jose Aldo. For hardcore MMA fans, Jose Aldo needs no introduction. He’s the consensus number 2 (and you could make an argument for him being number 1) pound-for-pound fighter in the world and hasn’t lost in nearly a decade. His sole loss came by submission in November 2005 against BJJ blackbelt Luciano Azevedo. However the vast majority of casual MMA fans in Ireland still do not know much about McGregor’s opponent and have never seen a single minute of an Aldo fight (they don’t know what they’re missing!!!). This two part series will run through the career of Jose Aldo and his biggest fights in the WEC and UFC to explain what makes the Brazilian so special.
World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) was an organisation that was purchased by the UFC parent company Zuffa in 2006. By 2008 the WEC only concentrated on the lighter weight classes – Bantamweight (135lbs), Featherweight (145lbs) & Lightweight (155 lbs) while the UFC absorbed the Welterweight (170lbs), Middleweight (185lbs) & Light Heavyweight (205) roster. This made the WEC the top breeding ground in the world for the smaller weight classes – 135 & 145 especially as these weight classes were not in the UFC at the time. The UFC already had their own separate 155 division.
Aldo in the WEC
Aldo entered the WEC with a 10-1 record and faced Alexandre Franca Noguiera in his debut. There wasn’t a great deal known about Aldo coming into this fight other than he was a BJJ blackbelt under former UFC fighter Andre “Dede” Pederneiras. Even in his debut, Aldo gave a preview of the two things that he would become known for – vicious striking and being incredibly hard to take down (Aldo has avoided 91% of takedowns attempted on him in his whole career). Aldo won this fight by way of TKO in round 2. Aldo went 3-0 in his next 3 fights where he defeated Jonathan Brookins (GIF), Chris Mickle & Rolando Perez (GIF) all by KO/TKO to set up a no.1 contenders match with current #5 UFC featherweight Cub Swanson. Aldo finished Swanson in spectacular fashion when he hit a flying double knee 8 seconds into the first round.
This set up a title fight at WEC 44 with Mike Brown. Brown was a grinding wrestler who had ended Urijah Faber’s 2 and a half year reign as Featherweight champion and had successfully defended the belt twice (beating Faber again in a rematch). Aldo shook off Brown’s repeated takedown attempts and brutalised him with knees any time Brown tried to close the distance (GIF). Aldo took Brown’s back in round 2 and stopped him with punches to become the new WEC Featherweight champion
Aldo’s first title defence would be against Urijah Faber in Faber’s home town of Sacremento, California at WEC 48 – the company’s first ever live PPV. In a hostile environment, Aldo entered to Jay-Z’s Run This Town, making it clear that he would not be intimidated by fighting Faber in his backyard. This fight showcased what is probably his most deadly weapon – his leg kicks. Aldo peppered Faber’s legs for 5 rounds on his way to a dominant unanimous victory. Faber had to be helped out of the Octagon after the fight and revealed the damage done to his leg the following day.
Aldo’s final WEC defence was against Manny Gamburyan at WEC 51. Gamburyan, an accomplished judoka, was no match for Aldo. Gamburyan made it clear that he was going to cover up and dive after after Aldo’s waist from the start of the bout. Aldo backed him up with a faked jab, and followed with a low uppercut. Notice that the uppercut would be completely useless if Gamburyan did anything but shoot—Aldo knew it was coming.
This would be Aldo’s last fight under the WEC banner. Zuffa decided to abolish the WEC and absorb the 135 & 145 divisions into the UFC making Aldo the UFC’s first (and only since) Featherweight champion.