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UFC lightweight Danny Downes receives rare opportunity outside the Octagon

Fans in the Milwaukee area have been given the unique option of seeing a currently contracted UFC fighter on an event in their own backyard come next Friday at “NAFC: Mayhem” in the form of area-product Danny Downes. “Danny Boy” will serve as one-half of the headlining bout and will face 12-7 Tory Bogguess.

News of the match-up was confirmed by Downes’ management through an official statement.

While the thought of potentially forfeiting a spot on an already-deep UFC 155-pound roster might concern most in the 25-year old’s shoes, Downes has accepted the consequences a loss on May 6 would likely bring as coming with the territory of being a Mixed Martial Artist.

“Obviously there’s a risk, but there’s a risk anytime you fight another person in a cage,” he explained. “If I were afraid of risk, I’d be an accountant. I’m going to go in that cage and make all that worrying for nothing.”

Downes, who holds an overall record of 7-1 with five TKOs, has yet to actually debut in the Octagon after a 1-1 run in WEC including a decision over Tiequan Zhang in December at WEC 53. His only career stumble occurred against Chris Horodecki at WEC 49 after the Roufusport competitor stepped in on less than a week’s notice to replace Horodecki’s originally scheduled opponent.



    We will start to see this situation happening more and more with UFC fighters-There are just too many on contract to keep busy enough to pay the bills-especially at the lower levels

  • Jak says:


    I can’t believe it’s not a bigger story. For all the bashing the UFC gets, a fighter, who can promote himself as a UFC fighter, is allowed to go make coin elsewhere. The UFC had no plans and let him do it.

    The UFC never forces it’s fighters to sit on the shelf.


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