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23rd Feb 2018

John Kavanagh makes great suggestion for UFC Dublin main event

Patrick McCarry

We’d be well up for this.

John Kavanagh would definitely be up for it.

On Friday, it was reported that the UFC was planning to return to Dublin for the first time since October 2015.

A May 27 event is in the works and would certainly be a sell-out affair, like the three previous occasions the promotion visited Ireland’s capital city.

It would appear unlikely that Conor McGregor, who fought Diego Brandao at Dublin’s 3 Arena [formerly The O2] in 2014, would be on the card but there should be some Irish involvement.

The event could feature welterweight Gunnar Nelson, who splits his time between training at Dublin’s Straight Blast Gym and in his native Iceland.

John Kavanagh, who coaches Nelson, has made a fine suggestion for a potential UFC Dublin main event – his man against blazing hot welterweight prospect Darren Till.

Nelson and Till has been mooted in the past, with Kavanagh pushing hard for the bout.

The pair have also exchanged in several exchanges on social media but a fight at UFC London, on March 17, fell by the wayside despite a bout agreement purportedly being offered.

Till is in demand after destroying Donald Cerrone in his last outing and is riding high at No.7 in the 170lbs rankings.

The Liverpudlian is on the look-out for a fight against No.1 ranked contender Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson so Nelson may yet be denied in his quest to burst back into the Top 10.