Wednesday 23 August 2017

Video: The Fighting Irish tell us why UFC Dublin is the ‘other’ St Patrick's Day

Fergus Ryan

Fergus Ryan

We spoke to Aisling Daly, Cathal Pendred, Paddy Holohan and Norman Parke about their memories of UFC Dublin 2014 and what they expect for this year’s event in October.

The UFC made a triumphant return to Ireland in July 2014. On the night the five wins out of five from the Irish contingent was only overshadowed by electric atmosphere generated by the 9,500 passionate fans in attendance.

At the post-fight press conference UFC president Dana White admitted he had already received texts from fighters who desperately wanted to be involved the next time the world’s largest MMA promotion touched down in Ireland. White maintains in his 15-year involvement with MMA and the UFC he's never witnessed an event like last July.

There was no surprise when the UFC announced they'd be returning to Ireland in 2015. Once the date was set for 24th October fans and fighters alike scrambled to make sure they'd be present on the night.

Leading the charge were the eight Irish fighters signed to the UFC.

Unfortunately, the brightest star in the UFC won't be fighting in the 3Arena on the night. Conor McGregor has outgrown the UFC's regional circuit. His services are so valuable his work will be saved for big stadia and Las Vegas Pay-per-view events.

Six of the remaining seven will be in action on the night. Donegal's Joe Duffy headlines against Dustin Poirier. Conor's SBGi team-mates Aisling Daly, Paddy Holohan and Cathal Pendred have all been announced on the card. Northern Ireland's Norman Parke will make his eighth UFC appearance against European opposition. And Team Ryano's Neil Seery was announced yesterday as the sixth Irish fighter in the eleventh fight on the card.

Typically an event such as UFC Dublin would have 12 fights on the card. Irish MMA fans will keep their fingers crossed the last fight will feature Team Ryano’s Paul Redmond. The Dublin native would be an incredibly popular addition to the card and would close the Fighting Irish circle for the event.

We spoke to Aisling Daly, Cathal Pendred, Paddy Holohan and Norman Parke about their memories of UFC Dublin 2014 and what they expect for this year’s event in October.

Tickets to UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Duffy go on sale Friday, September 4th via Ticketmaster

Cathal Pendred celebrates after defeating Sean Spencer in their welterweight bout. UFC Fight Night
Cathal Pendred celebrates after defeating Sean Spencer in their welterweight bout. UFC Fight Night

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