The UFC has lacked Irish fighters in its roster over the years ... and by Irish I do not mean Marcus Davis or anyone of Irish descent. Their only recent born and bred Ireland-native was Tom Egan, who had just one fight and remains John Hathaway's only stoppage win back at UFC 93 in Dublin. Well the Irish drought is over, as Cage Warriors featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor has signed with the UFC and will debut against Marcus Brimage at UFC on Fuel TV 9 in Sweden.
Conor McGregor vs. Marcus Brimage booked for @ufc Stockholm April 6th, 2013. #Featherweight— UFC Ireland (@UFC_Ireland) February 7, 2013
"Notorious" (12-2) is one of Europe's top prospects who packs massive power in his punch. Having captured the Cage Warriors vacant FW title in June, McGregor followed that up by moving up to 155 and knocking out Ivan Buchinger with a vicious left hand to win the vacant LW title. McGregor has won 11 of his 12 fights by KO or TKO, and is certainly a welcome addition to the UFC's roster.
Brimage is a TUF 14 alum who is 3-0 in the UFC at featherweight, and most recently upset Jim Hettes at UFC 152. He's definitely an undersized FW at just 5'4", but so far he's off to a good start in his new weight class. The 27-year-old currently trains with American Top Team in Florida.
UFC on Fuel TV 9 is scheduled for April 6th, with Alexander Gustafsson and Gegard Mousasi headlining the Stockholm-based card.
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