After a three week hiatus, the UFC is back in action this weekend with a UFC Fight Pass card that has a ton of potential. On Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, the UFC will invade 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, for UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Duffy.

While this card is lacking in big name appeal, it is loaded with matchups that should deliver fireworks. For the gamblers out, there this card offers up some close lines and some excellent opportunity to add to that bank roll.

Louis Smolka, -115 vs. Paddy Holohan, -105

Kicking things off in the flyweight division is an interesting matchup between two young up-and-comers looking for a signature win. Smolka and Holohan both bring excellent ground games to the table, but Smolka also brings a well-versed striking game with him when he steps into the Octagon. But even though Smolka might have a few more weapons, Holohan will be fighting in front of his countrymen and that should provide him with the extra motivation needed to get the win.

The play: Take Holohan to win, and at +210, take him to win by decision

Darren Till, +120 vs. Nicolas Dalby, -140

Easily the most underrated and overlooked matchups on the fight card, expect to see undefeated welterweights Till and Dalby put on a show. Both fighters have explosive striking pedigrees and both fighters know how to finish. This fight could end up being the fight of the night when it is all said on done.

Dalby is a good fighter and he has some impressive accomplishments on his resume, but Till is the real deal and he is the more aggressive finisher. That is a trait that you simply cannot ignore in a fighter at this stage.

The play: Take Till to win, and at +308, take him to win inside the distance

Norman Parke, -300 vs. Reza Madadi, +250

In the co-main event of the evening, lightweights Parke and Madadi will battle it out. Having lost back-to-back fights, Parke – who went 4-0-1 in his first five UFC bouts – is looking to get back on track. Granted both losses were by way of split decision, but in the deep lightweight division, Parke cannot afford to lose three in a row.

Madadi on the other hand will be returning to action after being away for the past 30 months. Shortly after his impressive submission victory over Michael Johnson, Madadi got into a bit of legal trouble that resulted in him being put in jail for over a year.

Both fighters have solid grappling games and this one should be a chess match. The big question has to be how Madadi will respond to the long layoff; at 37 years old time simply is not on his side.

The play: Take Parke, and at -110, take him to win by decision

Dustin Poirier, +205 vs. Joseph Duffy, -245

In the main event of the evening, two of the UFC’s most entertaining lightweights will go head to head. A former top five featherweight, Poirier made the jump to lightweight earlier this year and it is paying off; two fights in and Poirier is 2-0 with two first round knockout victories.

Duffy on the other hand just made his UFC debut earlier this year and already has two first round stoppage victories under his belt. Dangerous, dynamic and fighting in front of a raucous home crowd, Duffy is going to be tough to beat on Saturday.

Even though Poirier has had more success against tougher competition, Duffy is coming in as the favorite; that says a lot about how high expectations are for Duffy. This has the potential to be a dangerous matchup, but Duffy has the tools to get the job done.

The play: Take Duffy to win, and at -160, take him to win inside the distance

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