The UFC Fight Night Dublin card is buzzing and everyone knows it. Ireland is going crazy, president Dana White has acknowledged the hype to the media, and now FOX is supposedly regretting the decision of not picking up this event when given the opportunity earlier. The Dublin, Ireland card is headlined by none other then Ireland’s own, Conor “The Notorious” McGregor as he faces Cole Miller in the featherweight main event. The fight will take place July 19 at the O2. The co-main event will be occupied by McGregor’s teammate, Gunnar Nelson, as he takes on Zak Cummings. Some other notable UFC fighters on the card are Brad “One Punch” Pickett, Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall, and Tom Lawlor will make his return to the cage after an extended layoff. As of now, the Dublin card is set to be shown on Fight Pass until further notice.
Give credit to Conor McGregor for predicting this from the beginnning. After making his debut in the UFC and scoring a technical knockout over Marcus Brimage, ‘The Notorious announced that he would bring back the organization to his home country in Ireland; mission accomplished. Not even McGregor predicted that he would be the headliner for a possible event back in his home country, but he relishes the opportunity to be the main attraction to his countrymen. Both McGregor and Nelson are potential breakout fighters in the UFC, and could reach super stardom with a little more push and competition. McGregor has been the more hyped fighter of the two, and has used his trash talking talents to get him a little bit more notoriety among the fans. He and Cole Miller got into quite the verbal jabbing session on the MMA Hour hosted by Ariel Helwani. A session they may have helped build the hype train surrounding the event. Can FOX make a run for the event and convince the UFC brass to allow them to televise it? Most certainly. Dana White even said they had the first crack at showing this event, while mentioning that FOX may want a few more events along with the Dublin card.
One of the most intriguing factors of this Dublin card, is the MMA success in Ireland. The Irish fans go crazy for MMA, and the country as a whole is catching up with the rest of the fighting world. Two teammates of McGregor’s are currently being casted now on the The Ultimate Fighter Team Edgar vs Team Penn. There also may even be a female representing the Irish in the Ultimate fighter as well, Strawweight Aisling Daly. The Irish potential is growing in a substantially growing sport, and can only get better from here. The UFC is looking to expand to different markets and countries around the world. Ireland’s market is peaking at the right time for FOX, making practical sense of why they would want this event so bad.
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