History will be made in the 3Arena next month when two Irish women face-off on the main card of a top-tier MMA event for the first time.

Dubliner Sinead Kavanagh (7 wins - 5 defeats) will take on Down native Leah McCourt (6-1) at Bellator 275 on 25 February in a featherweight contest that is arguably the biggest all-Irish professional bout to date.

"We've come a long way and there's a lot of talent in Ireland for women's MMA," Kavanagh told 2fm's Game On.

"I was in Miami fighting for a world title. It didn't go my way but we're up there with the best in the world, me and Leah are (ranked) 4 and 5 in the world.

"There's a lot on the line for this fight, whoever wins could go straight for the title again."

Kavanagh (35), who will spar with her "good buddy" Kellie Harrington this week, says that her and McCourt (29) are friendly but that it will be strictly business on the night.

"There's no bad blood but there will be blood spilled!" she joked.

"We know each other well. We've trained together. We've sparred together. It's crazy that we're fighting but we kind of knew it was going to come down to this at some stage.

"We'll just get on with it and hug and kiss after it. We'll talk about this in years to come, having a drink and a laugh."

Kavanagh is raring to bounce back after a first-round knock-out defeat by Brazilian superstar Cris Cyborg in her world-title bout last November.

"I want to get back there to fight Cyborg again," she said. "I went toe to toe with the best in the world and wasn't afraid.

"I made a mistake with Cyborg and I want to fix that. I know where I went wrong and I'm going to make sure I do it right this time.

"I haven't fought in the 3Arena since 2017 so I'm really looking forward to a home crowd and the fighting Irish getting behind you.

"It's going to be amazing and I'm really looking forward to it."