The Santiago Bernabeu has seen its fair share of big hitters over the years, but UFC standout Conor McGregor may just be the biggest of them all and he could be bringing his MMA talents to Real Madrid’s stadium next year.
Reports in Ireland have said that ‘The Notorious’ could be lining up a huge show in the Spanish capital next summer.
McGregor is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, name in the UFC with his pay-per-view shows bringing in millions of dollars for the organisation, who are now looking to use his popularity to grow the sport in Europe.
UFC president Dana White was impressed by the success of a recent show in Manchester headlined by home hero Michael Bisping, so is looking to increase its visibility in Europe.
McGregor has previously said that his dream fight location would be Croke Park in Dublin, but the Bernabeu would also provide a spectacular location for a bumper UFC card.
Twenty-eight-year-old McGregor will fight Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York in November, having told White he no longer wants to fight in Las Vegas – host of five of his last six fights.
McGregor is seen as the face of the UFC, a position he himself is more than happy in, and headlining a ground-breaking show in Madrid in front of 80,000 fans would be another way of cementing his legacy in the sport.
The Bernabeu became an option after McGregor struck up a friendship with Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo over the summer, with the pair even pictured on social media squaring up in the famous UFC octagon ring.