Home Away From Home: Boston a Second Ireland to UFC’s McGregor

Conor McGregor, of Ireland, left the ring draped in an Irish flag after beating Max Holloway in their UFC on Fox Sports 1 mixed martial arts bout in Boston on Aug 17,2013. –Gregory Payan/Associated Press

Boston.com caught up with UFC featherweight contender Conor McGregor during his media tour in Boston last month.

The flashy Irish fighter is headlining the promotion’s return to the city on Jan. 18, where he will face veteran Dennis Siver at the TD Garden. McGregor won his first fight on U.S. soil during the UFC’s previous event in Boston on Aug. 17, 2013.

So it’s a sort of homecoming for McGregor, a fighter that Boston, Southie in particular, has taken under its wing.

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