The UFC is Headed to Ireland – Big Fights Announced

by:  Cory Brady

The UFC has just announced that UFC 93 will take take place in Dublin, Ireland and is all set for January 17th.  This card is already taking shape to be an awesome start to 2009 for the UFC. With two big fights already announced, many fans are salivating at a chance to catch this card and scrambling to make travel arrangements to Dublin.

The first fight announced is a long awaited match up between superstars Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson. Although Henderson fought his last fight at 185 pounds this fight is set to be a light heavyweight contest. Rich recently moved up from 185 to 205 and looked impressive with a win over TUF veteran Matt Hammil and Henderson is a former Pride champion at 205 so the weight should not be an issue for either fighter. If anything it will assure that both men are as powerful as possible in what should be an exciting fight filled with fireworks. This fight should answer a lot of questions about both fighters and the direction they are heading.

The second big fight announced for UFC 93 in  Dublin, Ireland is a rematch between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Mark “The Hammer” Coleman. Their first fight ended in controversy at a Pride event when Shogun had his arm snapped from a Mark Coleman takedown. Both fighter’s camps rushed into the ring and a small riot ensued between members of Hammer House and Chute Boxe. These two will finally have the opportunity to settle the score once and for all in Ireland. With Coleman coming off of a lengthy layoff and Mauricio coming back from a devastating injury, this fight will give both men the chance to put some steam back into their careers.

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