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Introducing Ireland's Latest UFC Fighter: Paddy 'The Hooligan' Holohan

Introducing Ireland's Latest UFC Fighter: Paddy 'The Hooligan' Holohan
By Jason Brennan Updated

With the Dublin card just over a month away, UFC have signed yet another Irish fighter, Paddy Holohan, who will also be fighting on the night.

"The Hooligan" has signed a four-fight contract with the promotion, starting with a bout against Josh "The Gremlin" Sampo on July 19th.

26-year-old Holohan, who fights at Flyweight, hails from Dublin and trains with John Kavanagh's SBG along with teammates Conor McGregor as well as The Ultimate Fighter 19 contestants Cathal Pendred and Chris Fields.

Unbeaten in his professional career, the Tallaght native's only blemish in his ten-fight career to date was a draw in 2011, while seven of his nine victories came via submission. Pitted against 29-year-old Sampo, who has fought twice in the UFC, losing his latest fight, has a career record of 11 wins and three losses, six of his victories coming from submissions, and five from decisions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTCfE89BjM8

Holohan had been a part of The Ultimate Fighter season 18, but lost his qualification bout, suffering throughout from a back injury that had plagued him in the months leading up to the show.

The back injury, combined with commitments for the show has kept him out of action for nearly two years, but the fit again fighter has now become the fourth Irish fighter to get a bout on the card, along with headliner Conor McGregor, second time UFC competitor Neil Seery, and Northern Irish fighter, and The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner, Norman Parke.

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Here are some highlights of The Hooligan's ring-work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmcvYPKO3Hk

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