‘We’不参加这里，我们’re here to take over’，现在臭名昭著的话传到了2014年7月19日的3Arena上。ConorMcGregor在第一轮比赛中击败了Diego Brandao，以结束不仅在爱尔兰MMA历史上，而且在整个运动上都具有决定性意义的时刻。快到了今天的第六年，随后在科纳尔（Conor）爆发的许多爱尔兰明星’现在已经退役，或者不再参加超级联赛。
With what seemed to be a mega star 在 the making, a revolutionary head coach and a gym-full of young hungry killers, it seemed the 爱尔兰人 had arrived, and were set to take over the sport. On that summer Dublin night, wins for McGregor, Paddy Holohan, Cathal Pendred, Neil Seery, Norman Parke and the adopted 爱尔兰人man Gunnar Nelson showcased the talent coming out of Ireland, and John Kavanagh earmarked himself as one of the most promising coaches 在 the sport with his SBG gym.
Fellow 爱尔兰人 talents Joe Duffy, Aisling Daly and Paul Redmond were signed not long after, and the following year the promotion returned to Dublin with Paddy Holohan headlining UFC Fight Night 76. Over the next few years the 爱尔兰人 would regularly appear on main cards and despite picking up a number of impressive wins along the way, the clear disparity between what Conor was doing at the very top of the game and what his fellow county men and women were doing was abundantly clear.
在UFC搏击之夜76输给路易斯·斯莫尔卡后，霍洛汉再也没有战斗过，彭德雷德在将军澳之后做了同样的事情’卡中的ed。 Seery在2017年连续亏损后退役，而Parke在2016年输给Rustam Khabilov之后被释放。尽管有前途光明，艾斯林·戴利（Aisling Daly）和保罗·雷德蒙德（Paul Redmond）一直未能使任何东西进入八角形‘Irish’ Joe Duffy couldn’为了发挥自己的潜力，他在三场比赛的损失中退役，最近一次是在昨晚的战斗岛上发生的。
While McGregor has gone on to become the biggest star the sport has ever seen, the 在itial crop of 爱尔兰人 talent he came up with as a whole have failed to deliver. 贝拉特 is now seemingly the home of 爱尔兰人 MMA, with young star 詹姆斯·加拉格尔 leading the way and joined 通过 fellow contenders Peter Queally, Kiefer Crosbie and Charlie Ward.
While the first of anything is always remembered fondly 通过 those that were present at the time, the fact remains that McGregor aside, the first generation of 爱尔兰人 UFC stars could all have achieved more 在 their respective careers. But what they did accomplish was to help build the sport 在 the country, and help lay the foundations for future generations. While they may not have ‘took over’，他们无疑在体育运动的增长和在欧洲市场的普及中起着举足轻重的作用，并将永远成为翡翠岛上的英雄。