Peter Queally has voiced his wish to take on the former Ultimate Fighter contestant Diego Brandao after defeating his next opponent on November 26.
Peter Queally’s recent run has been a mixed bag. His last five outings have seen him go 3-2, and though he managed to pick up two straight wins over Decky Dalton and Igor Egorov respectively, his last contest saw him on the losing side of a majority decision.
With a November 26 date with Kuat Khamitov on his horizon under the Fight Nights Global banner, Queally has set his sights on a future opponent who has some pretty relevant history with Irish MMA.
Diego Brandao was drafted in to take on the UFC’s lightweight champion Conor McGregor during his homecoming headlining bout at UFC Fight Night: Dublin, a night that has since come to be regarded as one of the defining events in the country’s mixed martial arts history.
McGregor, of course, managed to score a pretty one-sided first-round knockout win over his Brazilian adversary and in doing so, set himself on his way to his now-immeasurable status within the sport.
Queally, who fights out of McGregor’s own gym SBG Ireland in Dublin, spoke to MMA Nytt about his plans for the future and how he sees a fight with his fellow Fight Nights Global-rostered fighter Brandao in his future and how it would be fitting, given the history between Brandao and the Irish public.
“What I want after this, is to beat Khamitov, that puts me right up there on top of the heap then. After that I want them to come do a show in Dublin, that’s what I wanted all along. That’s what I said to them. I said I’d beat Begidov, beat Khamitov and then I said I wanted them to come do a show in the 3Arena next year and they want to do it.
“I think if I beat Khamitov that’s going to happen next. A big opponent for me, maybe I could fight Diego Brandao or someone because the Irish fans know him and he’s signed with Fight Nights, or someone else, whatever. It doesn’t matter to be honest, but that’s my next plan.
“Get past Khamitov, and then try and do a show in Dublin.”
Bellator/BAMMA just a few weeks ago – along with the UFC’s aforementioned stop back in 2014 – showed exactly how electric an event in the country’s capital can be and despite not overlooking the challenge that lies ahead of him, he sees a hometown show in his future.
“So now I’m there, Ireland is an attractive spot to do a fight so I brought that idea to them then. If they want to do Europe anyway, then why not come to Dublin. It’s pretty much the fight capital of Europe these days. I think that’s a no brainer and they seem on-board with that so it’s just down to me now to go out there, do the business and beat Khamitov and making that happen.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena