That Friday Feeling: 3 Irishmen, 3 weekends, 3 titles

Over the next three weekends, our Irish fighters could have championship gold around their waist as WWE Superstar Finn Balor kicks-off what could be a month to remember for the fighting Irish in America.

Finn Balor debuted in NXT last November image: sportkings.com

Finn Balor debuted in NXT last November
image: sportkings.com

Finn Balor aka. Fergal Devitt challenges Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship this weekend in the very country Devitt made his name, while Dubliner Conor McGregor will look to destroy Chad Mendes to become interim UFC featherweight Champion on 11 July at UFC 189.

WWE superstar Sheamus could cap off what could be an incredible three weekends for the Irish should the Celtic Warrior decide to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase and become WWE Champion at the Battleground pay-per-view in three weeks time.

Is three Irish champions living it large in the United States a real possibility? Here are my thoughts.

First up, Finn Balor challenges Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship at this Saturday’s WWE Network special ‘The Beast in the East‘ live from Tokyo, Japan and indicators show that the Bray native will win his first WWE title in the country that made him famous.

The 33-year-old spent eight years wrestling in Japan winning nine championships in New Japan Pro Wrestling so it would only seem to make sense that he wins his first WWE title in the place he calls a second home.

Kevin Owens has been living it large on the main roster the last few weeks in his war with John Cena and with the Montreal man set to stay on the main card, it would not make sense for Owens to hold onto the NXT title.

We can definitely put a tick beside this one as Finn Balor should kick-off a trio of weekends by claiming the NXT Championship among his Japanese fans.

Conor McGregor has a 5-0 record in UFC image: irishmirror.ie

Conor McGregor has a 5-0 record in UFC
image: irishmirror.ie

Seven days later, Conor McGregor could win his first championship in the UFC albeit only an interim featherweight championship after champion Jose Aldo pulled out of the UFC 189 main event due to a rib injury.

It is a shame that Aldo pulled out as I would have loved the Brazilian to kick the head off the arrogant McGregor but it looks like we will have to wait until 2016 to see the two square off in what could be an undisputed championship match should the Dubliner beat Aldo’s replacement Chad Mendes.

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