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Nine years after its debut in Northern Ireland, the UFC returns to Belfast for the first time since UFC 72.

Like the previous Belfast card, the November 19 event will be headlined by a pair of middleweights. And while Saturday's main event features a rematch between and , the UFC's first trip to Northern Ireland was headlined by a middleweight title eliminator between and .

Franklin went on to win that night, setting up a title fight with . And, in honor of the UFC's second Belfast event, here's a look at the fighters from UFC 72.

Rich Franklin - VP of ONE Championship

A former UFC middleweight champion, Rich Franklin last competed inside the Octagon in 2012.

Owning notable victories over , , and , Franklin has since retired from fighting MMA. However, he continues his work in mixed martial arts as the vice president of .

Franklin is best remembered for his pair of title fights with Anderson Silva.

Yushin Okami - Active WSOF Welterweight

Falling to Rich Franklin via unanimous decision at UFC 72, Okami went on to have a solid career in the UFC, beating the likes of , , , and . Okami would go on to fight for the middleweight title at UFC 134, losing via second-round TKO.

In 2014, Okami made his debut, and after losing back-to-back bouts against and he returned to his native Japan, winning a pair of fights in Tokyo.

Okami will face veteran on New Year's Eve at World Series of Fighting's debut at the Theater at .

Forrest Griffin - Retired UFC Hall of Famer

The breakout star of the first season of , would eventually go on to claim UFC gold in 2008. But before he became the light heavyweight champion, Griffin defeated via unanimous decision at UFC 72.

Following a long battle with injuries, Griffin retired from competition in 2013. Owning victories over , , , Franklin, and , Griffin last fought at UFC 148.

He currently works for the UFC in an executive capacity.

Hector Ramirez - Whereabouts Unknown

A two-time competitor inside the Octagon, dropped a unanimous decision to Griffin at Belfast's Odyssey Arena.

Released from the UFC following the first card in Northern Ireland, Ramirez was last seen fighting for in 2013.

Jason MacDonald - Retired

Earning his first Octagon KO/TKO at UFC 72, Jason MacDonald went on to rack up a 6-8 career mark during his two stints with the UFC.

Following a first-round knockout loss to in May 2012, MacDonald retired from the UFC and professional mixed martial arts.

He currently owns and runs his own gym and fight promotion, as well as acting as a manager for multiple Canadian fighters.

Rory Singer - Whereabouts Unknown

Making his pro MMA debut in 2001, Rory Singer would go on to fight for promotions such as the AFC, KOTC, and PRIDE.

Singer would eventually make his UFC debut as part of the third season of The Ultimate Fighter, winning his first two bouts inside the Octagon.

Tyson Griffin - Retired

An MMA journeyman and 14-time competitor on the Octagon, earned Fight of the Night honors at UFC 72 for his wild back-and-forth affair against . Griffin was victorious in a 2007 Fight of the Year nominee.

With notable wins over , , and , Griffin went 8-6 during his UFC run and later competed for and .

In 2015 he announced his retirement; he currently works with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion .

Clay Guida - Active UFC Featherweight

A nine-time post-fight bonus winner, Clay Guida has delivered some of the most exciting fights inside the Octagon.

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Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Guida, who was the inaugural lightweight champion, owns notable victories over former UFC lightweight champions and Rafael dos Anjos, as well at .

Losing a pair of Fight of the Year candidates to Roger Huerta (2007) and (2009), Guida has a career mark of 12-11 inside the UFC.

Guida last competed at , losing via third-round KO to . His next bout has yet to be announced.

Ed Herman - Active UFC Light Heavyweight

Fighting for the UFC since 2006, Herman was a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter season three.

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Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Herman, a 19-time competitor inside the Octagon, has amassed a 10-8 record with the UFC, including one No Contest. And while Herman has racked up seven post-fight bonuses, he was last seen falling to a vicious head kick at .

Defeating Scott Smith via submission at UFC 72, Herman's last win inside the Octagon came in January 2016, when he finished via TKO.

Scott Smith - Active WCFC Welterweight

UFC 72 marked Smith's final appearance inside the Octagon. And while he went 1-3 during his UFC tenure, Smith continues to compete for the West Coast Fighting Championship.

Smith, a former light heavyweight champion made his most notable impact as a member of the Strikeforce roster, taking fights with , , , and .

He appeared on season four of the The Ultimate Fighter, and during the live finale, Smith recorded his lone UFC victory, delivering one of the most memorable comeback knockouts in UFC history.

Eddie Sanchez - Active Heavyweight

Heavyweight Eddie Sanchez is a mixed martial arts veteran who went 3-3 during his UFC tenure.

Sanchez, who has competed for Bellator, Titan FC, and King of the Cage, defeated Colin Robinson via second-round TKO at UFC 72, although his Octagon highlight came in the form of a 2007 Knockout of the Night over Soa Palelei.

While he has not competed professionally since 2014, Sanchez remains active.

Colin Robinson - Whereabouts Unknown

Losing to Eddie Sanchez at UFC 72, Colin Robinson would go one to fight one more time inside the Octagon, again losing via TKO.

Dropping seven-straight fights between 2007-2012, Robinson was once submitted by current UFC heavyweight .

He last competed in 2014, losing to current and Bellator heavyweight, and one-time foe, James Thompson.

Dustin Hazelett - Retired

With a record of 7-2 before being signing with the UFC, Dustin Hazelett went 5-5 inside the Octagon, competing at both lightweight and welterweight.

A four-time post-fight bonus winner, Hazelett racked up notable victories over and .

His UFC 72 anaconda choke submission of Steven Lynch was his first finish inside the Octagon. Hazelett hung up his gloves in 2010.

Steven Lynch - Whereabouts Unknown

A native of Northern Ireland, Steven Lynch made his sole UFC appearance was on the Belfast card in 2007.

Losing to Dustin Hazelett in the first round via anaconda choke, the Antrim fighter competed professionally once more, losing to Jim Wallhead at , losing via first-round submission.

Marcus Davis - Active Boxing Coach

Although retired from MMA, Marcus Davis is still active as boxing coach for winner Tim Boetsch.

Davis, who debuted with the UFC as part of the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, lost his first fight inside the Octagon, at the hands of . A year later, Davis returned to the UFC, rattling off a six-fight win streak, which included his UFC 72 Knockout of the Night over Jason Tan.

A five-time post-fight bonus winner, Davis, known as "The Irish Hand Grenade," shared the Octagon with , Nate Diaz, and Dan Hardy, going 9-6 during his UFC career.

Jason Tan - Head Coach, MMA Liverpool

A native of Liverpool, England, Jason Tan made his Octagon debut at UFC 72.

Losing to Marcus Davis via first-round KO, he earned a second crack in the UFC a year later. Tan dropped his next bout inside the Octagon, losing to current , who is currently ranked tenth in the welterweight division, via third-round knockout.

Now retired, the English mixed martial artist is a head coach at MMA Liverpool.

UFC 72 Results

  • Rich Franklin def. Yushin Okami via unanimous decision
  • Forrest Griffin def. Hector Ramirez via unanimous decision
  • Jason MacDonald def. Rory Singer via TKO
  • Tyson Griffin def. Clay Guida via split decision
  • Ed Herman def. Scott Smith via submission
  • Eddie Sanchez def. Colin Robinson via TKO
  • Dustin Hazelett def. Steven Lynch via submission
  • Marcus Davis def. Jason Tan via KO


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