Diving into the Main Card for UFC Fight Night 76 in Dublin

004_Patrick_Holohan_gallery_post.0.0The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Dublin, Ireland this Saturday (October 24, 2015) with UFC Fight Night 76: Poirier vs Duffy. The now-10-fight card will be live on Fight Pass in its entirety, with preliminary action kicking off at 1pm ET and the main card getting going at 4pm ET. If interested in wagering on any plays for this fight card, all betting lines will be made available at Several Bookmakerss. Kicking off the main card for UFC Fight Night 76 in Dublin will be a flyweight contest between Ireland’s Neil Seery and Guam’s Jon delos Reyes. It is a rare “winner vs loser” with Seery coming off a loss in front of an Irish crowd in Las Vegas and delos Reyes riding hot off an impressive win in the Philippines. This bout was moved from the preliminary card to the main card following news of Joseph Duphy’s fight-canceling injury. Both fighters will have the spotlight on them in this main card kickstarter and they are expected to leave it all inside the Octagon. Seery opened as a -185 betting favorite in this contest, with the return on the underdog delos Reyes being +145. The lines have since tightened up a bit and rest at a current -155/+135. Next up on the UFC Fight Night 76 main card in Dublin will be a barn-burner between a pair of undefeated welterweight prospects in England’s Darren Till and Denmark’s Nicolas Dalby, and this scrap is expected to get the main card rolling on a high-note. Both 170-pounders were successful in getting their hands raised in their Octagon debuts and they now seek their second straight in the UFC. Till was more impressive in his debut, scoring a second round knockout of Wendell Oliveira, while Dalby squeezed by his debut with a split decision win against Elizeu Zaleski. Octagon jitters are now behind them and they will be aiming to make a statement this Saturday, as they intend on climbing the ladder in the UFC’s 170-pound division. Till opened as a +110 betting underdog in this contest, with Dalby being favored to win at -150. Betting lines have since slightly tightened and sit at a current +115/-135. Dublin’s UFC Fight Night 76 co-main event will be a will be a lightweight battle between Northern Ireland’s Norman Parke and the Iranian Swede, Reza Madadi. Parke looks to snap a two fight losing skid and return to the win column, while Madadi hopes to make it two in a row inside the Octagon following an extended layoff due to a prison sentence. Back in the UFC after serving time for robbery, Madadi looks to make the most of the opportunity. Knowing his back against the wall, Parke will be giving it all he’s got. Both 155-pounders are expected to leave it all inside the Octagon this Saturday. Parke opened as the betting favorite in this bout at -230, with Madadi being a +160 underdog to win. The public has since backed the Northern-Irishman, making current betting lines -280/+240. The main event for UFC Fight Night 76 in Dublin comes in the flyweight division and see’s Ireland’s own Paddy Holohan take on the Hawaiian, Louis Smolka. Both 125-pounders are riding two fight winning streaks heading into this contest, each being successful in their latest outings this past July. After seeing Smolka defeat fellow Irishman Neil Seery, Holohan requested this bout and the UFC obliged. Holohan and Smolka will each be competing in a main event slot for the first time in their Octagon careers, and when all is said and done, it will come as no surprise to anyone if they take home the evening’s ‘Fight of the Night’ honors. Knowing a title shot is always a hair away in this razor-thin division, these flyweights will be looking to impress this weekend. The betting odds for this 125-pound contest opened at a near coin-flip, with Holohan being -110 and Smolka being -130. I assume there has been action on both sides, with betting lines currently being +110/-120.

Written by Gabe Killian

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