It took five-and-a-half years, but the UFC‘s return to Ireland was well worth the wait. In terms of gate and attendance, the UFC Fight Night 46 card was one of the UFC’s biggest international events this year. In attendance, the event was only second behind UFC Fight 37 in London, England. With the live gate, the fight card was third for this year with $1.4 million. Besides that, the fans were loud, jacked and absolutely electric. Hopefully the UFC will not take five years to take another trip to Dublin, Ireland.
While the fight card may have lacked huge names, it made up for that with great fights and matchups. The card was wall-to-wall with exciting fights and finishes — even after some signature fights fell apart due to injury. Luckily, headliner and hometown fighter Conor McGregor remained in the main event. McGregor dispatched his opponent, The Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Brandao, by knockout in the main event. Fans were overjoyed to see their chosen fighter win in the main event.
Throughout the card, other fighters hailing from Ireland were also successful. Neil Seery, another Dublin native, defeated Phil Harris. In the Fight of the Night, Cathal Pendred came back from a tough first round to submit Mike King in the second frame of their bout. Pendred also hails from Dublin.
It was an incredible fight card and quite possibly one of the best UFC events this year. An event does not always require title bouts and top contenders in order to be good. Sometimes it just needs solid, hungry competitors. This card was filled with potential prospects and possible future title contenders such as McGregor and Gunnar Nelson. They both looked fantastic. The atmosphere of the crowd in Dublin was unlike anything else. Hopefully the UFC returns there very soon.