UFC Dublin's main event has been confirmed
The main event for the UFC's next Dublin event has been confirmed. And it's exciting.
Irish fighter Joseph Duffy will take on Dustin Poirier- for the main event which will take place in Dublin's 3Arena, Saturday October 24th.
Speaking for an interview with Ireland AM this morning, Duffy announced the breaking news: “October 24, I’m headlining against Dustin Poirier. This will be my first time headlining and it’s a ranked opponent as well. You climb the rankings and you keep going until you’re fighting for that belt.”
Duffy (14-1), from Donegal, is now based out of Tristar gym in Montreal, home of superstars George Saint Pierre and Rory MacDonald, has been sensational since his arrival in the UFC earlier this year.He debuted in the UFC with an incredible first round head kick KO over Jake Lindsey, and followed it up last Saturday night in UFC Glasgow with an impressive submission victory over Ivan Jorge.
Duffy is famously known as the last man to beat Conor McGregor back in 2010, and took a 3 year break from MMA to pursue professional boxing until 2014 where his striking has dramatically improved.His opponent, Dustin Poirier is on a 2 fight win streak in the Lightweight division after he lost to Irishman Conor McGregor via first round TKO at UFC 178 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This event will most likely become one of the biggest sporting events in Ireland this year, especially after the success of Conor McGregors Dublin bout with Diego Brandao last summer in the 3Arena(formally the 02).
Other potential bouts for the card include Paddy 'The Hologan' Holohan who is tipped to fight Hawaiian Louis Smolka. The future of fellow Irish fighter Cathal Pendred is uncertain after his comments that he is considering taking up professional boxing to improve his striking.
The Notorious Conor McGregor is believed to be lined up for a Featherweight title unification bout with Jose Aldo in Las Vegas either in December or January, but nothing has been announced.