by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
As the UFC closed out their second show in Ireland, the crowd filtered through the doors of the 02 arena satisfied with an exciting night of fights, and president Dana White could not say enough good things about the promotion’s latest venture to the Emerald Isle.
The show packed in close to 10,000 fans that according to White ranks along some of the loudest shows the company has ever had in his tenure.
"Tonight was an amazing event," White said following the event at the post fight press conference. "I was just saying to these guys, pound for pound probably one of the best arenas and best crowds we’ve ever been to."
White paid tribute to the shows that produced the biggest reaction from the fans in attendance. It is interesting to note that 2 of the 3 shows he mentions actually take place outside of the promotion’s home base in America, a testament to the growth of the sport and the UFC in broader venues.
"The three that stand out for me – Montreal, 22,000 seats sold, the crowd was absolutely insane, the whole three days that we were there was crazy. The other one is Columbus, OH the first time we ever went. 18,000 people, crowd was absolutely insane," White commented.
"9,500 people here tonight and one of the most energetic, incredible crowds I’ve ever been a part of. It was an amazing night. The fights were great, everybody came out and really fought their hearts out for these fans here in Ireland. We knew how excited they were for the UFC to be here and they were excited to be a part of this fight too."
At the post fight press conference, White cut out early after spending multiple weeks on the road, but fighters such as Maurcio "Shogun" Rua, Dan Henderson, Marcus Davis, and others answered questions from the thrall of media in attendance.
It seemed that every fighter on the card, felt the energy from the packed house in attendance, making the UFC’s return to Ireland seemingly a lock.