It's no secret that the UFC highly values Conor McGregor and believe that he could be one of their biggest stars on the roster. McGregor is scheduled to headline UFC Fight Night in Boston, MA on Sunday, January 19th versus Germany's Dennis Siver. If McGregor wins, he'll improve to 5-0 in the UFC and according to Dana White, it will be enough to get him a championship bout.
Dana White confirms Conor McGregor will get title shot if he wins in January. Expect Dublin in May.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 1, 2015
One of the expectations with a McGregor title shot is that he would fight Aldo in an Irish stadium. The largest stadium in Dublin is Croke Park, which has a capacity of up to 82,300 and is otherwise commonly used for Gaelic football, hurling, and was formerly used for rugby and international soccer.
Obviously this is a move that means that Frankie Edgar will likely need to fight again, and he's arguably the only other fighter who is in prime position for a featherweight title shot. That said, given Edgar's historical lack of drawing power, which includes a 330,000 buyrate for his 2012 decision loss to Aldo at a stacked UFC 156, combined with the high potential for McGregor to become a huge local star in Ireland, you can understand the business aspect of this decision. It would easily be the best-selling fight of Aldo's career and produce a huge live gate for the UFC if they can secure a stadium show in Ireland.
Of course, this is all assuming everything goes to plan and McGregor doesn't get upset by the heavy underdog Siver on the 19th.