I don't want the card filled with all the same UK fighters as the last couple of times. I think the only guy I'd want to see again is Manuwa.
I'm also pretty sure Luke Barnatt will be on the card. Possibly Norman Parke as well since he fought at 163. Rosi Sexton is campaigning for a fight and I think Julie Kedzie said that she would be up for it.
Any chance you think they can sign Cathal Pendred for the card? I mean, he's the number 1 prospect out of Ireland big marquee win over Mills, big mate of Conor's.
Bellator might snatch him if the UFC sleeps too long on him.
I think Cathal said that his contract with Cage Warriors will only let him leave for the UFC. He's already turned down WSOF, and I think he's got his heart set on ending up with Zuffa. I have a feeling he might need another win in Cage Warriors before Dana and co. will sign him up. It certainly wouldn't be a bad idea though.
I was pretty shocked to see him bigger than Che Mills, Mills is a gigantic Welterweight. Why do you think it is they're waiting on a guy like Pendred though? I mean being Irish really has nothing to do with it. He's a Champion of a pro organization, he's 13-2 with a finish over a big name and he's 25. It only helps he's Irish.
I won some money on that fight too after seeing how awful Mills looked at the weigh-ins.
My only guess is that they want to make sure that beating Mills wasn't a one-off. Pendred hasn't exactly beaten a row of killers just yet. Give him one more win in Cage Warriors and then sign him up in time for the Dublin show which is no doubt going to happen some time in 2014.
Just like Bellator has dipped into a lot of great talent in Brazil, U.S and especially Russia the UFC had missed they are starting to snatch up top prospects from the UK now too I have noticed. ( to much lesser extents they've signed a lot of guys the UFC would be very happy to have from other places too like Taimanglo from Guam or Marcin Heald from Austria. )
Martin Stapleton 13-1
Rob Sinclair 12-2 ( just beat Winner )
Paul Sass...One of the worst releases by the UFC since Fitch.
They are trying to dip into that UK base and deepen their talent and fanbase now. The Russian fanbase they have is actually really big too, I am surprised they haven't made it a mission to put on a big Bellator card in Russia showcasing all that talent before the UFC beats them to it. Would have been very wise.