Irish fighter Charlie Ward has signed with the UFC and is set to make his debut.
On Friday, it was announced that relatively unknown Irish fighter Charlie Ward (3-1) has signed a contract with the UFC. In December, he will debut against Randy Brown (8-1) in a welterweight contest at Fight Night 102 in Albany, New York.
Following on in the footsteps teammate Conor McGregor, he will become the second SBG member to fight in the state of New York. Still, tattoos and nationality aside, there isn’t a lot of comparisons to be made. McGregor had two Cage Warriors titles and 14 professional fights before the UFC – yet Ward has only four professional bouts to his name.
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The lack of experience will cause some to question the UFC’s decision, but he has clearly done enough to impress the top organisation in the sport. Yet, coach John Kavanagh is a big believer.
Stern competition awaits Ward, tougher than competition he has ever faced. The decision to sign him is an intriguing one which poses many questions. But the passionate Irish fans will be hopeful he can impress.
Only time will tell whether or not this will be a quality acquisition for the UFC. Still, if he brings even a small fraction of the support McGregor does, then this will be a success.