UFC star Conor McGregor made headlines by attending a marquee NFL matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars, with Cowboys players doing his “billionaire strut” celebrations throughout the game. McGregor gave the world’s most valuable sports franchise a pre-game pep talk, and met with team owner Jerry Jones. Obviously this worked, because the Cowboys surprisingly thumped the Jaguars 40-7 in front of their home fans at AT&T Stadium (aka Cowboys Stadium) in Arlington.
NFL Films captured some footage of the former two-division champion chatting with Jones, and as Jerry listed off all of the impressive things about his stadium, McGregor vowed to bring the UFC to “JerryWorld,” which can seat well over 100,000 people.
“It is a spectacle, this place,” McGregor said. “That Octagon has got to be in the center one day. I’m going to make that happen, trust me! Especially now after being here and seeing it. I know it was rumored many times. We never got there but now is the time.”
Over the years it became almost a running joke that the UFC would go to Cowboys Stadium, but it has never materialized. Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao have both fought at that venue, as well as WrestleMania XXXII in 2016. If anyone can perhaps break that barrier for MMA, I suppose it has to be McGregor, who’s one of the biggest draws in combat sports history.
In the meantime, McGregor is awaiting potential sanctions from the Nevada Athletic Commission over his role in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl following his fourth-round submission loss to current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Both he and Khabib, who started the entire sequence in the first place, are under temporary suspensions.