Steve Cofield

Irish crowd one of the best ever

Steve Cofield

It looks like Ireland will be getting another UFC visit sometime in the future. The ferociousness from the crowd of 9,500 had Dana White calling it the one of the best groups ever. He listed UFC 83 in Montreal and UFC 68 in Columbus as the top crowds he'd witnessed before this one. There's also talk of putting on an Ireland card each St. Patrick's Day.

The video also features White making the soft sell to international fighters Alistair Overeem and Semmy Schilt. White comments on how big Overeem is now. The 6-foot-5 Dutchman has grown from a light heavyweight to 253 pounds spurring on lots of performance-enhancement drug talk recently on the web. If clean, he'd be a helluva signing that would bring an athletic big man with good striking skills to the division's ranks. Schilt is a 7-foot kickboxer who may on the tail-end of his career at 35 years-old but he's still a dangerous guy.

It's also interesting to watch White offer the Chuck Liddell fight to Mauricio Rua in the lockerroom after the fight. Rua accepts it on the spot. The battle is slated for UFC 97 in Montreal. You also see matchmaker Joe Silva hint that John Hathaway and Tom Egan may both make it back for the UFC 95 card in London in five weeks.

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