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Councillor tables motion for UFC event to be held in Dublin every St Patrick's Day

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Conor McGregor at the last UFC event in Dublin
Conor McGregor at the last UFC event in Dublin

An Independent Dublin City Councillor wants to set up an annual UFC event in Dublin to be held every March 17.

Paul Hand, who represents the Ballyfermot-Drimnagh ward on Dublin City Council, believes that the popularity of MMA here means an annual event, on ourt national holiday, would be a real money spinner for the city.

Speaking to Herald.ie, Hand outlined his plan.

The economic benefit would be huge. MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world and there is no reason that we shouldn't be at the forefront in that," Hand told the paper.

The idea is that Dublin City Council would "build a relationship with the UFC" to ensure that an annual 'Fight Night' event is held in the 3 Arena.

"UFC has already grown the number of events they are hosting and they like to spread it around the world, so why not Ireland?" he said.

The UFC have visited Ireland twice, the last time being last summer when Conor McGregor headlined against Diego Brandao and tickets were like gold dust.

UFC supremo Dana White has often spoken about how passionate Irish fans are and both he and McGregor have vowed to hold a big outdoor card here, in either Croek Park or Aviva at some point in the future.

However, due to the weather an indoor event is probably a safer bet and there is no doubt that the interest in the sport is there.

Huge crowds turned out for the McGregor-Jose Aldo press event earlier this month so there would be no problem to sell out a regular card once a year, though Hand also believes there is space for outdoor events too.

"I'd like to see us try to get a bigger event during the summer in Croke Park or the Aviva too," Cllr Hand said.