UFC President Dana White wants Irish featherweight Conor McGregor (13-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) to be part of the UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 card in Boston. And one fighter is campaigning for the matchup.
On Sunday "The Ultimate Fighter 14" cast member Akira Corassani (11-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) stated his case for the fight.
The event takes place at Aug. 17 at Boston's TD Garden, and it marks the UFC's debut on the soon-to-debut FOX Sports 1.
"Conor McGregor, I hereby challenge you to fight me on Aug. 17, 2013, on FOX Sports 1 at TD Garden," Corassani said in the embedded video.
McGregor, a former two-division champ for Cage Warriors, splashed on to the UFC scene this past month at UFC on FUEL TV 9. There, the Irishman scored a "Knockout of the Night" bonus after stopping Marcus Brimage and picking up his ninth straight win.
Corassani, meanwhile, has picked up a split-decision victory over Andy Ogle and a unanimous-decision win over Robbie Peralta since his semifinal-round finish on "TUF 14." The Swedish fighter currently fights out of New York and wants a fight near his home.
"I respect you, I respect your team, and I respect the Republic or Ireland," Corassani said to McGregor. "But it's time to do this."