Conor McGregor snatches Jose Aldo’s title belt, sparking near-brawl in Ireland
The UFC 189 world tour finally came to an end on Tuesday in Dublin, Ireland and right on cue, featherweight champion Jose Aldo and challenger Conor McGregor had to be separated by UFC president Dana White after nearly coming to blows on the stage.
The moment happened just a few minutes into the proceedings as a loud and raucous Irish crowd supported their hometown fighter, withMcGregor finishing the tour that started in Brazil before finally making its way to the Emerald Isle this week.
"I’m the king of Dublin!" Aldo proclaimed as the crowd turned nearly riotous after the Brazilian took aim at the Irish faithful.
In response, McGregor jumped up from his seat and reached over White and the podium to grab Aldo’s featherweight title sitting on the table in front of him.
McGregor ripped the belt away and held it high with a maniacal smile on his face while screaming directly at the champion.
"You’re looking at the king!" McGregor shouted.
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Aldo jumped up in response and tried to charge towards McGregor, but thankfully White reacted quickly enough to get in between the two fighters before the situation got even more heated.
Security quickly flooded the stage to separate Aldo and McGregor and put them back down at the tables again and the title was returned to the Brazilian as he dealt with a very loud-and-biased Irish crowd.
Later during a question-and-answer period with fans and reporters, McGregor was asked for his prediction of the fight with Aldo, considering he’s nearly called his shot in his last few fights in the UFC.
"I’ll be done in one," McGregor proclaimed.
The rest of the press conference went off without a hitch, although Aldo had plenty of McGregor fans spouting any number of expletives in his direction.
McGregor, on the other hand, soaked in every last moment of his homecoming and the Irish fans who were there to support him.