Irish MMA fans expected to invade London for 2016 UFC event

Irish MMA fans expected to invade London for 2016 UFC event

HUNDREDS if not thousands of Irish MMA fans are expected to flock over to London next February after the UFC confirmed they will stage an event at The O2.

With Dublin’s UFC show in October having sold out in less than a minute, many fans of Ireland’s fastest growing sport were left disappointed earlier this month.

However, they’ll get another chance to see some of the best UFC fighters in action if they’re willing to make the short trip over to England’s capital on February 27, 2016.

The UFC, MMA's biggest event organisers, last visited London in 2014 with 14,000 fans watching Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa take on Swedish powerhouse Alex “The Mauler” Gustafsson in an unforgettable main event battle.

That event sold out in under 24 hours and a similar sell-out reaction is expected when tickets to the 2016 event are released to the public on Friday December 4, 2015, with priority access to different groups from December 1.

Joe Carr, Vice President of International at UFC, said: “UFC and MMA have enjoyed a phenomenal level of success and growth across Europe in recent years and London remains a particularly important market for us.

“We recently sold out the 3Arena in Dublin in a matter of seconds and the SSE Hydro in Glasgow a few hours after going on sale earlier this year, therefore this event will be a great opportunity for fans who missed out on tickets to those dates to secure a seat this time around.

“When you combine the fantastic fan support with a growing roster of world class British and Irish fighting talent, it’s difficult to predict anything other than an unforgettable, sell-out event in London on February 27.”