Things have cooled down now at the Convention Centre as the cameras have departed and the pint-swilling fans have drifted off. I often wonder at this point whether McGregor and Aldo head backstage, shake each others hands and say 'thank God that bullshit is over'.
The 'scenes' witnessed at the press conference included
- McGregor nabbing the belt from under Aldo's nose
- An American marketing student grabbing the microphone and asking Dana White for an internship
- McGregor, in his other guise as Irish Minister for Sport, saying we need to build an 150,000 seater stadium (as with Donagh O'Malley announcing free education in 1967, it appears he did not consult his cabinet colleagues before making this announcement)
- And young Nate 'the great' Kelly making a name for himself
The ceaseless baiting of the Brazilian world champ has now ended, Dana White can whip off the Ireland jersey and everyone can chill out again.
The reaction to the event has been far from universally positive, with the words 'cringey' and 'embarrassing' being prominent among the commentary.
Irish fans are the best around but bandwagon fans and some of there questions are shamefull
— Neil 2 Tap Seery (@NeilSeeryMMA) March 31, 2015
If that's what UFC engenders, it'll be a sad day if Croke Park hosts it.
— John Fogarty (@JohnFogartyIrl) March 31, 2015
— Daniel Kelly (@IsMiseDaniel) March 31, 2015
I honestly hope Jose Aldo beats the shit out of Conor McGregor. His antics are boring now.
— Tony Mc Cann (@TonyThePonyyy) March 31, 2015
Conor McGregor press conference is embarrassing - can't believe thats actually Irish sports fans.
— Niall (@WeeNiallMcG) March 31, 2015
That Conor McGregor gets more annoying by the day. — Andrew Cunneen (@Cunneen92) March 31, 2015
McGregor press conference making me cringe. Do any Irish people ask real questions no? Or just say MCGREGOR YOURE A LEGEND OLE OLE OLE OLE
— Lynsey Mc (@lynsey_mc_) March 31, 2015
Guy just fell flat in his face in front of me. He is beyond steaming drunk and it's 7PM. — Andrew McGahon (@andrewmcgahon_) March 31, 2015
@andrewmcgahon_ Had to turn off at home. Just too too cringey. Irish fans making a show of us there.
— Andrew Malone (@andrew_malone) March 31, 2015
McGregor is a great showman & fighter. Most of those that got the mic are not. Cringe worthy at times. Gave up watching.
— Ian Falconer (@IKFalconer) March 31, 2015
— Roscommunist (@Roscommunist) March 31, 2015
That McGregor v Aldo fan Q&A was horrifically embarrassing. Too many people just being handed a mic to shout abuse.
— Rob Wright (@wright_rob) March 31, 2015
Actually so ashamed of the mob at that press conference for McGregor. Disgrace to this country. Absolute zero respect. — Jack McNamara (@Jack_celticmufc) March 31, 2015
That UFC press conference was a little embarrassing...no member of An Board Fáilte present anyway????
— Paul Geaney (@Geaney15) March 31, 2015