Boston native Howard not at Boston presser

Boston native Howard not at Boston presser
August 15, 2013, 4:45 pm
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By Nick Canelas
Special to

BOSTON -- UFC President Dana White was asked why Boston native John Howard, who fights Uriah Hall in a middleweight bout, wasn't invited to Thursday's press conference.

White made it clear: There were simply too many stars that he couldn't leave out in Howard's place.

“This is one of those rare cards where I could've tried to make this table a lot longer and invite everybody here,” White said. “It's a stacked card from the first fight to the last fight. There's only so many guys you can bring to the press conference.”

One of those stars White couldn't leave out was Conor McGregor, who takes on Max Holloway in just his second career UFC fight.

The Dublin, Ireland, native is becoming an international star, and he's gaining popularity in Boston with its strong Irish roots.

“I honestly feel at home here,” McGregor said. “I can't go anywhere without seeing an Irish flag.”

McGregor, who sat stoically in his chair with sunglasses on throughout the entire press conference, said his mindset is to “whoop ass and look good.”