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Video: 'The Hooligan' Holohan has a solution for anyone looking for a UFC Dublin refund

Published 22/10/2015 | 16:29

When news broke late last night that Joe Duffy was being removed from the UFC Dublin card the backlash from fans was natural and to be expected.

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Duffy suffered a concussion after taking a harder than expected shot in one of his final sparring sessions.

As a result the UFC have offered a refund to any fan looking to do so. Whether or not the attendance will be affected will remain to be seen. But Paddy Holohan has offered a solution to any fan looking for his money back.

‘We could have sold 10,000 tickets to this in Tallaght alone,’ said the Dubliner Holohan.

He’s probably right.

While Duffy is a hot prospect and a much loved member of the fighting Irish, ticket sales for UFC Dublin were not dependent on him alone.

With Conor’s SBGi team-mates Aisling Daly, Cathal Pendred and Holohan the backbone of the card tickets sales were always going to be high.

When you add in the ever popular Neil Seery from Team Ryano in Finglas and Next Generation Northern Ireland’s Norman Parke you could be almost guaranteed a sell-out.

And, don’t underestimate the power of the UFC brand. Many die-hard fans would buy tickets to UFC events regardless of who is on the card.

Holohan has a point though. Given the tickets that went on general release sold out in 60 seconds there should be a healthy second hand market for anyone looking to off load. But, as Holohan said, the right thing to do would be sell it for face value rather than try and make a quick buck on the reshuffle to the card.

The Fight Club Q&A with Max Holloway, Andrei Arlovski and Rory MacDonald from 1445 and the UFC Dublin weigh-in will be streamed live on independent.ie from 1600 Friday October 23.

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