26-Year-Old UFC Lightweight 3-0-1
June 14, 2018 Richie Smullen News
RotoWire Fantasy Analysis
Smullen will take on Luis Pena in a lightweight matchup at the TUF 27 Finale on July 6 in Las Vegas.
Like every fighter on the recent season of the show, Smullen has yet to take a loss as a professional, though he did fight Rhys McKee to a majority draw nearly one year ago under the BAMMA banner. He was originally scheduled to face Allan Zuniga in the reality show's tournament, but MMAFighting.com reports that he was forced to withdraw late due to severe leg cramps. Smullen will now get a chance at redemption against an opponent that will be nearly six inches taller than him, but that advantage could be negated if Smullen can drag Pena to the mat, as he owns two submission wins as a professional and six more as an amateur. The 26-year-old trains at the same camp as Conor McGregor, SBG Ireland, so the UFC will surely give him every opportunity to become a marketable Irish asset. Should he fall flat under the bright lights, however, his days with the promotion could be limited.