Imagine the scene. A packed Dublin stadium. Thousands upon thousands of raucous Irish fans, fuelled by patriotism and the kind of drinking that only the Irish can really manage. The arena goes black, while the screens around the stadium come up with the Orange, Green and White of the Irish Flag.
A traditional folk song blares out across the sound system, and out steps the home nation's hero Conor McGregor, for the first time in over five years, to fight for his country in a UFC Octagon.
The thought of it is enough to make most Irishmen choke on their Kilkenny with excitement. The last time McGregor, who still lives and operates mostly out of his own country, actually fought in Ireland was in 2014, where still a rising star in the company, he fought in a UFC Fight Night event against Diego Brandão.
The UFC has never held a Pay-Per-View in the Emerald Isle, but if a cryptic recent tweet by McGregor is to be believed, he could be set to make his UFC return in front of his home crowd in what would undoubtedly be one of the most raucous UFC events in the history of the company.
"Dublin, December 14th," McGregor tweeted. And unless that means he's throwing a particularly large event for his Whisky brand, that means he's ready to fight for the first time since he tapped to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October last year.
Unfortunately, according to Dana White at least, fans will have to wait a little while longer to see Conor-Khabib number 2 take place. McGregor's absence has pushed him down the Lightweight contender rankings, and White himself has confirmed that it'll be Tony Ferguson who gets the next shot at Khabib's crown. "...obviously, if for whatever reason Tony can't take the fight or doesn't want to fight at that time, then we would figure out what's next," White confirmed, hinting that McGregor could be an option to replace him if he were ready to take him on.
For now though, it seems like McGregor has his eyes on an opponent who might give him a slightly easier look back into the UFC's dog-eat-dog landscape. He's previously earmarked Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone as a potential Lightweight opponent, while Justin Gaethje, who just knocked Cerrone out at a UFC Fight Night over the weekend, has also challenged McGregor.
"I want to f*** him up. Far as I know, he's retired. He's in the rankings, so he either fights or he gets out," Gathje said. "I absolutely would love to fight him."
The currently #3 ranked McGregor has been angling for a major fight in his home nation for years. Former Vice President James Elliott confirmed this back in 2016, also seemingly confirming the two locations where an Irish UFC pay-per-view would likely take place.
"Croke Park and the Aviva Stadium are two places that we've looked at, we've made no secret about that," he said.
"Conor has certainly made no secret about the fact that he wants to fight in Dublin. It's something that's on the agenda."
The 82,000 seat Croke Park is the largest sports arena in Ireland and, as the place where the Gaelic Athletics Association Finals take place for Gaelic Football and Hurling each year, the spiritual home of Irish Sport. Aviva stadium is slightly smaller but more modern, as the home stadium for the Irish Rugby Union team. However it's still a fair-sized arena, capable of hosting in excess of 65,000 people for a concert.