Irish Punters Wager €1,500,000 on Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor

Irish Punters Wager €1,500,000 on Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor


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Conor McGregor vs José Aldo
8/11 Conor McGregor
Evens José Aldo

Bookies are bracing themselves for the biggest ever MMA event in history, with Paddy Power estimating that Irish punters will wager an eye-watering €1.5 million on José Aldo vs Conor McGregor.

The McGregor factor has turned MMA into bookmakers’ fastest growing sport with turnover doubling since last year and trebling since 2013.

However, despite the rising tide, bookies have been left as bloodied as McGregor’s opponents with each of the Dubliner’s wins resulting in a loss for the industry.

The SBG fighter is the current 8/11 to overcome Aldo with the Brazilian available at Evens to end the Irishman’s winning streak

Féilim Mac An Iomaire, a spokesperson for Paddy Power, said “Before Conor McGregor’s debut in the UFC, MMA barely registered as a blip on our customers’ radar but now his fight vs José Aldo is set to be the biggest event of the week. A win for the Irish man would KO the country’s bookies, but given the occasion we’ll be paying out with a smile.”

Evens José Aldo Conor Anthony McGregor is an Irish mixed martial artist who currently competes in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is the current UFC Interim Featherweight Champion. McGregor is the former Cage Warriors featherweight and lightweight champion. As of November 18, 2015, he is the #1 ranked featherweight contender and #12 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in official UFC rankings.

McGregor was raised in the South Dublin suburb of Crumlin where he developed his first passion for sport through association football. In his youth, he played football for Lourdes Celtic Football Club and supported Manchester United in the English Premier League. Upon discovering the Crumlin Boxing Club in his early teens, McGregor quit playing football seriously. He later revealed he stopped playing football when he “realised it was for women.”

In 2006, at the age of 17, McGregor moved with his family to the South Dublin suburb of Lucan where he commenced a plumbing apprenticeship. While in Lucan, he began sparring with future Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Tom Egan who taught McGregor how to grapple and ignited his passion for mixed martial arts.

McGregor is expected to face Aldo in a title unification match on December 12, 2015.


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