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UFC excludes Conor McGregor from Dublin card

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UFC announced five fights for their return to Dublin for UFC Fight Night 46 but there's no sign of the outspoken Irish native, Conor McGregor.

The loud mouthed flyweight star has been recovering from an ACL injury he suffered in his last fight against Max Holloway but has long said on Twitter and in interviews that he would be at the event.

So far though his name isn't attached to the card and while he has a string of possible opponents, many whom have called him out directly, McGregor has remained near silent except to say "BREAKING NEWS: Only the King breaks the King's news."

Of those announced, the major fight is a welterweight clash between the #13 Gunnar Nelson and the #15 Ryan LaFlare. Both fighters are undefeated coming into the clash with Nelson at a 12-0-1 record and LaFlare at 11-0.

Both have potential to challenge for Johny Hendricks' title and it'll be the biggest fights of their careers up until this point. It could be enough to push them into the top 10, especially if those above them falter.

The pick of the announced fights are two flyweight bouts, the first being between the #3 Ian McCall (12-4-1) and #11 Brad Pickett (25-8) and the second Ireland's Neil Seery (13-10), who lost to Pickett in his last fight, and Portsmouth's Phil Harris (22-12), who has lost his last two fights and may be fighting for his UFC contract.

The remaining two fights announced thus far are both light heavyweight clashes between unranked opponents.

Ilir Latifi (8-3) will fight for the second time in three months when he faces off against Tom Lawlor (9-5). Latifi comes into the fight on a win after choking out Cyrille Diabate at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs Manuwa in March, while Lawlor makes his return to the UFC after 14 months out.

Lawlor's last fight was a win over Michael Kuiper in April 2013 in Sweden. That was the same event where Latifi replaced Alexander Gustafsson on a week's notice and ate a loss to Gegard Mousasi for his efforts.

Cody Donovan (8-4) meets Nikita Krylov (16-4) in a light heavyweight clash is the fifth and final fight announced. Both fighters have losses to #14 Ovince St Preux in their histories but are at different points in their career.

Krylov is just 22 and has plenty of time to hone his game in the UFC, or outside it, while at 33 and on a two loss streak, Donovan could be cut if suffers a third successive defeat.

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