Tallaght’s very own Paddy “The Hooligan” Holahan will now take part in the headline fight in UFC Fight Night Ireland following two cancelations.
The pride of Jobstown was promoted to the main event on Wednesday night after Joesph Duffy had to withdraw due to concussion. Prior to that heavyweight Stipe Miocic was also ruled out leaving Paddy’s clash with Hawiian Louis Smolka as the headliner.
The last time UFC was in Dublin last summer Paddy was the first fighter on and also making his UFC debut. Now things have turned full circle and the atmosphere is going to be off the charts when The Hooligan makes his way towards the octagon.
Speaking yesterday Paddy said he is looking forward to his big night as he takes another step towards becoming Flyweight champion.
“I am proud to take that place and I’ll go out and fight with my heart on my sleeve,” he said.
“No man has ever put me in a position I have not felt comfortable with in my nine years doing this.
“I seek perfection and if Louis thinks he’s gonna fly over here and show me something I haven’t seen before, I’m gonna show him something he hasn’t seen before.’
“Louis, let’s meet in the middle and let’s go at it. You will see that your shovel is not big enough to dig deep with me. And if you come to knock me out, you better knock me out.”
In the preliminary bouts, Paddy’s SBG team mate Aisling Daly will be Ireland’s only female representative on Saturday night. The Dubliner will make her Irish debut on the UFC circuit with a fight against Ericka Almeida from Brazil in the straw weight division.
The other Irish fighters in action on the night are Norman Parke, Neil Seery and Cathal Pendred.