Five bouts were revealed by the UFC for the Dublin, Ireland fight card on Tuesday. Set for July 19 at the O2 Arena, the card will be a UFC Fight Night event.
In the co-main event, undefeated welterweights Gunnar Nelson (12-0-1) and Ryan LaFlare (11-0) will collide.
Iceland’s Nelson is fresh off his third UFC victory, a first round submission of Omari Akhmedov at UFC Fight Night 37 in London. The 25-year old is known for his high level grappling and cool, calm composure inside the cage.
New York-based LaFlare now owns 4 wins inside the Octagon. Since starting his career with the UFC, the 30-year old prospect has gone to decision in every contest. He last handed John Howard a defeat at UFC Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi.
Also announced to the fight card: Flyweight tilts with Brad Pickett vs. Ian McCall and Phil Harris vs. Neil Seery, Tom Lawlor meets Ilir Latifi, and Cody Donovan takes on Nikita Krylov.
Pickett and McCall were originally on tap for UFC Fight Night 37. But McCall withdrew due to an injury. Pickett, a winner of 5 UFC post-fight bonus honors, met Ireland’s Neil Seery on the card instead and won a unanimous decision.
Seery suffered that lost as a promotional newcomer and will look to rebound against England’s Phil “Billy” Harris. Harris comes into the flyweight showdown with his back against the wall as he has lost 3 of his last 4.
“Filthy” Tom Lawlor submitted Michael Kuiper in Sweden last April. The middleweight will come up a weight class to take on Sweden’s Ilir Latifi. At UFC Fight Night 37, Latifi earned his first UFC win, scoring a submission win over Cyrille Diabate.
Light Heavyweight prospects Cody Donovan and Nikita Krylov are also expected to trade on the card. Donovan is 1-2 with the promotion and has been stopped by strikes in his last two fights. Krylov shares the same record with the promotion. The Ukrainian dropped to compete at 205-pounds against Ovince St. Preux at UFC 171 and was submitted in the first round.
Tickets for UFC Fight Night Dublin, priced from €50, go on sale to UFC Fight Club members on June 4th. Those with a newsletter code may purchase tickets on June 5th, with tickets going on sale to the general public on June 6th. All tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster.ie.