Can The Conor McGregor Hype Train Continue on Saturday?

Published on July 18th, 2014 9:07 pm EST

Conor McGregor will be headlining his first ever event when he takes on Diego Brandao in the main event of UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs Brandao on Saturday night in Dublin, Ireland.

McGregor, thanks to his charisma and gift of the gab, is one of the UFC's most hyped prospects. According to the man himself, McGregor will soon be fighting Jose Aldo for the Featherweight title. His detractors say that the McGregor hype train is out of control and he hasn't really proved himself against top competition.

McGregor will be fighting for the first time since August of 2013. During his fight with Max Holloway, McGregor tore his ACL and was forced to miss nearly a year's worth of action.

McGregor's original opponent for this card was supposed to be Cole Miller, but Miller was forced to pull out of the fight due to a thumb injury. Miller was replaced by the erratic Diego Brandao, who is a hot-tempered TUF alumnus.

Brandao is coming off of a one-sided loss against Dustin Poirier at UFC 168 and will be looking to get his career back on track. Brandao badly missed weight for his fight against Poirier, so a strong performance against McGregor on Saturday night will be especially important.

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Conor McGregor is a very big favourite to win in front of his hometown fans on Saturday night - here are the current betting odds:

Conor McGregor, 1.20
Diego Brandao, 4.80

So, according to these odds, a successful €100 wager on McGregor would yield a total profit of €20.

According to the bookmakers, the fight is likely to go longer than 1 1/2 rounds:

Over 1.5 Rounds, 1.70
Under 1.5 Rounds, 2.20

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Will the Conor McGregor hype train continue to run on Saturday night, or is Diego Brandao fixing to send the hometown fans home with a frown on their faces?

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