If Charlie Ward proves even half as marketable as his compatriot, then Dana White and co. will be pretty darn happy.
It's been confirmed today that Irishman Charlie Ward has signed a contract with the UFC, and will make his debut at a UFC Fight Night in Albany, New York on December 9th. He'll face American welterweight Randy Brown. Brown has a UFC record of 2-1.
Charlie Ward has fought professionally just four times, and has a record of 4-1. He lost his very first fight - a second-round KO to John Phillips - and has since won all of his subsequent fights.
One of those fights ended in tragedy. In April of this year, his Portuguese opponent Joao Carvalho took ill after a fight at a Total Extreme Fighting event at Dublin's National Stadium, and subsequently passed away.
McGregor and Ward are teammates and good friends, although McGregor had to confront the fact that he "helped train a guy to kill someone" ahead of his rematch with Nate Diaz.
Ward's UFC fight Night debut will be headlined by the heavyweight bout between Derrick Lewis and Shamil Abdurakhimov.