ByJustin Golightly, writer at
Design wizard. MMA mathematician. Formerly of Middle Easy, Justin Golightly has been featured on Bleacher Report, Uproxx and TMZ.
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In most films, New York is not only a setting, but plays a member of the cast as well.

This weekend as the Ultimate Fighting Championship steps foot into the city for the first time after years of countless negotiation, it will not be any different. This should be evident as Statue of Liberty emoji are released and one of the UFC's best promotional videos was simply the main event's fighters walking those iconic streets.

Lady Liberty will look down on the Octagon as fans watch the historic card and recall the journey it took for some fighters to reach this moment. As we gear up for the bright lights of battle, it's only fitting the lead role cast in this movie moment invades iconic .

Check out Conor McGregor replaced in movie posters throughout cinematic history.


This UFC is so good, it's paranormal. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together—mass hysteria. The UFC has finally arrived in New York and who did you think they were going to call? There is only one service for the blockbusting that must be done. Conor McGregor's courteous and efficient staff is on call 24 hours a day to serve all your historic, main event needs.

Escape From New York

Some of the most dangerous people on the planet get locked in their caged cells as the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into war zone. Gold belts have been taken hostage and it's every man (and woman) for themselves. For McGregor, entering will be one thing, but escaping the Big Apple alive as UFC's featherweight and lightweight champion is a whole 'nother ball game.

The Godfather

As McGregor gets dragged ever-deeper into the family business, the UFC made him an offer he couldn't refuse. The inevitable cycle of violence and betrayal will bring entertainment that's going to be a big factor in drawing gamblers into the casinos: The Fertitta Family casinos. Three championship bouts in a row all leading to The Don squaring off with the gangster from Philly will do numbers and be a vital turning point in the struggle for power. One man takes control of the territory; the other sleeps with the fishes.

Taxi Driver

Weeks before , McGregor takes a job as a New York City cabbie to drive the veins of the concrete jungle at night to become familiar with the arena he'll do battle in. Sleep is a distant memory. So many bums in the divisions: the stuck-in-the-mud fighters, the wrestlers with a right hand, the sore-footed. He thinks to himself, 'someday a real rain will come and change all their bum lives'. A second title belt appears like an angel out of this filthy mess. She is his. They. Cannot. Touch. Her.

Gangs of New York

This Saturday, the twelfth day of November in the Year of our Lord two-thousand and sixteen, will not be much different that 156 years ago. Warring clans clash in the center of New York for supremacy. It's Philadelphia against Ireland. Champion versus champion under the lights of Madison Square Garden. When you kill a king, you don't stab him in the dark. You kill him where the entire court can watch him die—but does this apply to McGregor or for Alvarez?

New York City will never, ever be the same again.


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