Saturday 17 February 2018

Video: 'UFC will be back in Ireland in 2015' - David Allen

Fergus Ryan

Fergus Ryan

The UFC touched down in Dublin yesterday for the final leg of the UFC 189 press tour. It's been a tense 12 days across ten cities between the champion Jose Aldo and challenger Conor McGregor.

Having been up close and personal with each for so long its surprising the two haven't already traded blows. The taunts have gotten sharper from both men and it all sets up nicely for a fantastic event in Las Vegas on July 11.

Dubliner David Allen is the UFC's  Senior Vice President and General Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Given that David is responsible for all events in the EMEA region he was able to confirm that the UFC would in fact be back in Ireland soon.

"We are dotting the I's and crossing the T's but I can confirm the UFC will be back in Ireland in 2015".

While a date or venue was not confirmed Irish MMA fans will be relieved the show is coming back to Dublin.

Thankfully, David also hinted that McGregor's days fighting in Ireland were not over. In late 2014 there was lots of speculation that the title fight would be in Croke Park. The idea was shelved due to time difference, logistics and production cost.

However, a positive result for The Notorious in July could see the a stadium in Ireland back on the cards.

Allen also shared some of the wider plans the UFC has for Europe. The Ultimate Fighter has been instrumental in unearthing new talent as the company has expanded into new locations. Plans are afoot to roll a TUF series for Europe

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