If the UFC were to return to Ireland before the end of the year, here’s some Irish fighters who could been given a chance to fight on the prelims & earn a UFC contract:
Greg Loughran – lightweight, 30 years old. MMA veteran been fighting since 2002 his most high profile fight was a lost to Eddie Alvarez & he has notable wins over Jonathan Brookins, Andre Winner, Norman Parke & Rob Sinclair.
Ali Maclean – lightweight, 23 years old. Lost to Mike Rio on the TUF 15 elimination fights to enter the tournament. Majority of his fights have been against fighters from the UK scene & has lost to a couple of UFC newcomers Norman Parke & Mike Wilkinson.
Neil Seery - Flyweight, 33 years old. Recently won the Cage Warriors Flyweight Championship Europe’s leading MMA promotion, who have produced fighters like Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy & Conor Mcgregor. 85% of his wins have been by stoppage/sub.
Paul McVeigh – Fly/Bantamweight, 31 years old. Another Irish veteran been fighting since 2002, considered one of Europe’s best fighters from the lighter weight divisions for years, has a win over UFC Flyweight Phil Harris.
UFC Oct/Nov Ireland 2013
Middleweight Michael Bisping vs Costa Philippou
Featherweight Conor McGregor vs Nam Phan
Middleweight Brian Stann vs Alan Belcher
Heavyweight Stefan Struve vs Todd Duffee
Light Heavyweight James Te-Huna vs Jimi Manuwa
Welterweight Gunnar Nelson vs Jordan Mein
Welterweight Cathal Pendred vs Dan Miller
Lightweight Norman Parke vs Mike Ricci
Lightweight Greg Loughran vs George Sotiropoulos
Preliminary card (Facebook)
Flyweight Neil Seery vs Tim Elliott
Lightweight Ali Maclean vs Jon Tuck
Bantamweight Paul McVeigh vs Johnny Bedford