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Fighter who succeeded Conor McGregor as Cage Warriors champ added to UFC Dublin

The card for 24 October is almost finalised.

UFC lightweight Stevie Ray.
UFC lightweight Stevie Ray.
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THERE ARE NOW nine fights officially confirmed for UFC Fight Night 76.

With Dustin Poirier versus Donegal’s Joseph Duffy topping the bill, the event takes place at Dublin’s 3Arena on Saturday, 24 October.

Heavyweights Ben Rothwell and Stipe Miocic will square off in the night’s co-main event, while Irish trio Cathal Pendred, Paddy Holohan and Norman Parke will also feature.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has today announced the addition of a lightweight bout to the card, with Stevie Ray (18-5) set to take on Mickael Lebout (14-4-1-1).

Ray is likely to enter the bout as a considerable favourite, having made an impressive start to his UFC career since signing with the organisation earlier this year.

After stepping in on short notice, the 25-year-old Scot defeated Marcin Bandel via second-round TKO back in April. Last month in Glasgow, Ray needed just two-and-a-half minutes to dispose of Leonarda Mafra Texeira.

Ray joined the UFC on the back of two stints as the lightweight champion for Cage Warriors, the first of which saw him succeed Conor McGregor at the summit of the promotion’s 155lbs division following the Dubliner’s departure for the UFC.

Lebout, a 28-year-old Frenchman, has also fought twice for the UFC so far — both times on the same card as Ray. After a unanimous-decision debut defeat to Sergio Moraes, Lebout rebounded by taking a decision at the expense of Teemu Packalen.

Tickets for UFC Dublin are due to go on sale from Friday, 4 September. There are still more bouts to be added but here’s how the card looks at the minute:

Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier
Ben Rothwell vs. Stipe Miocic
Norman Parke vs. Reza Madadi
Cathal Pendred vs. Tom Breese
Nicolas Dalby vs. Darren Till
Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka
Scott Askham vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Stevie Ray vs. Mickael Lebout
Bubba Bush vs. Garreth McLellan

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