http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/ufc/article1749246.ece UFC plan Irish show SPECULATION is rife that the UFC are about to announce a show to be held in the Republic of Ireland next year. The world's leading mixed martial arts organisation is reportedly planning to stage a fight card in Dublin on January 17 - with the event likely to be held at the O2 Arena and billed as UFC 93. That would see the much-anticipated fight between BJ Penn and Georges St Pierre - scheduled for SuperBowl weekend - shift down the schedule and become UFC 94. SunSport understands Rich Franklin has been sounded out about a possible light heavyweight bout with Chuck Liddell for UFC 93's main event. But if The Iceman turns the bout down, it is believed the UFC will turn to Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua and offer him a fight with former middleweight champion Franklin instead. Matt Hughes' grudge match against Matt Serra is one other fight being considered for the event - which would be the first bout of any kind at the new arena. And according to Tatame.com, Brazilian fighter Antonio Mendes has confirmed he will also be fighting on the card. However, British superstar Michael Bisping will NOT be part of the bill, as he will have filming commitments for The Ultimate Fighter 9 reality TV series. But fan favourite Marcus Davis - who has previously stated his desire to be involved on every fight card in the UK and Ireland - is likely to be offered a place on the bill if the Dublin event gets the go-ahead. Industry insiders today confirmed the UFC are looking at holding a show at Dublin's O2 Arena - which officially opens on December 21 when Coldplay headline the first show there. And the only confirmed event currently booked for January is a concert featuring New Kids on the Block on Wednesday 21 - leaving the door open for the UFC to make a show on Saturday 17. The UFC's first trip to Ireland was on June 16 last year, and featured a main event fight between Franklin and Japanese ace Yushin Okami. Forrest Griffin, Tyson Griffin and Clay Guida also appeared on the card. What does everyone think of this? Could be an interesting fight. I'd prefer seeing Rich/Shogun, but beggers can't be choosers. Hopefully Rich could learn a lesson from Rashad and draw Chuck out a bit, as he has shown smart gameplanning in the past. Chuck still has power to KO, but everyone knows how to beat him now.