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The UFC is planning to make its fourth trip to Dublin, Ireland in 2018.

Multiple sources have confirmed that the event will take place on Sunday, May 27, MMA Fighting has learned.

The event will take place at the 3 Arena, the same venue that hosted the promotion’s three previous visits to the Irish capital.

The UFC last came to Dublin in October 2015. The event, UFC Fight Night 76, was scheduled to be headlined by Joseph Duffy and Dustin Poirier, but the Irish lightweight was forced from the card when it was discovered that he sustained a concussion in a sparring session in the lead up to the event.

After Duffy’s withdrawal, Irish flyweight Paddy Holohan headlined the card alongside Louis Smolka. The Hawaiian claimed victory on the night with a second round rear-naked choke.

The promotion first touched down in the Republic of Ireland for UFC 93 in Jan. 2009. Dan Henderson claimed a split-decision win over former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin in the main event.

Conor McGregor headlined the promotion’s second event, UFC Fight Night 46, in Dublin in July 2014, taking a first-round TKO victory over Diego Brandao. The night is famed in Irish MMA history as all five of the island’s representatives — McGregor, Norman Parke, Cathal Pendred, Neil Seery, Holohan — took wins at the event.