Late last month, Conor McGregor confirmed via Instagram that longtime training partner Charlie Ward will make his second appearance in the UFC at the promotion’s show in Glasgow on July 16th, but ‘The Notorious’ UFC lightweight champion did not identify Ward’s opponent in the post.
However, in this morning’s Irish Mirror, MMA journalist Peter Carroll broke the news that the SBG welterweight will face England’s Galore Bofando at the event(via SevereMMA).
Ward started his professional career with a loss, as he was stopped by John Phillips, now a teammate and a fellow member of the UFC roster, in the second round of a middleweight contest. He rebounded impressively, though, reeling off three straight victories. Unfortunately, the second of those occurred in tragic circumstances. Ward’s opponent, Joao Carvalho, died at Beaumont hospital in Dublin roughly 48 hours after the fight as a result of injuries he suffered in a third-round TKO defeat.
Ward signed with the UFC in the autumn of last year with a record of 3-1 and made his debut at UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast on November 19th. His career in the world’s premier MMA promotion did not get off to an ideal start, as he was obliterated inside a minute by the explosive and heavy-handed Ghanaian Abdul Razak Alhassan.
Like Ward did in November, Bofando arrives to the big stage with a relatively scant professional record. He too suffered a defeat on his debut in the paid ranks, disqualified for a foul in a 2010 bout with Jerome Carol. He bounced back, scoring two victories that same year, one by decision and one via stoppage. He didn’t fight again until the middle of 2012, when he scored another stoppage victory. However, he lost by disqualification for a second time in October of that year. After that, it was anything but fights galore for Bofando. In fact, he didn’t appear again until February 2015, when he stopped 5-14-0 Kes Mamba in the first. The win brought his record to 4-2. He hasn’t fought since.
Also announced for the card at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena is a light-heavyweight bout between Scotland’s own Paul Craig and American Khalil Rountree, a middleweight contest between Welshman Jack Marshman and Canadian Ryan Janes, and a match-up pitting former BAMMA heavyweight champion Mark Godbeer against Justin Willis.