Sunday 21 January 2018

Paddy Holohan: I want to be sitting in my local pub on Sunday, smiling my ass off with a pint of Guinness

Paddy Holohan
Paddy Holohan

Eoin Harrington

Paddy Holohan will headline a UFC event for the first time on Saturday night and it couldn’t be in a better location. A home fight for the SBG fighter is a dream come true and he is hoping to do himself proud.

“It absolutely feels amazing – going from the foundation programme in SBG Ireland, to headlining the main event in my home town? It’s a serious achievement and I’m very proud of myself and all the people who helped me get here,” the Tallaght man told

The flyweight fighter, who faces off with Louis Smolka on Saturday, emphasised he wants to give the younger generation of UFC fans in Ireland a very important message.

He said: “It’s going to be nice to show younger people that it’s not just the end when you finish school – that things do happen. You can still dream and it’s open to everybody.”

Holohan also outlined his ideal scenario for the headlining fight – and his plans are much more “local” than the international media might expect.

“My ideal scenario is to be sitting in my local pub on Sunday, smiling my ass off with a pint of Guinness.”

He does accept that the fight won’t be easy and that the late move up to a headlining fight adds more pressure: “It’s a main event – there’s a lot up for grabs, so it will be tough. When there’s a lot up for grabs, even people who can’t fight will show you a lot of grit and hard work.”

Holohan finally had a message for his Hawaiian opponent Smolka – and the Irishman is in confident mood ahead of one of the biggest fights of his career.

“I am bigger than him – that’s for sure, that’s a fact – I am stronger than him – that’s a fact – and I’m a technical master, so here we go. I’m looking forward to him getting that look of shock on his face when he experiences what I feel like.”

Paddy Holohan headlines UFC Fight Night Dublin on Saturday night in the 3Arena and was speaking to the at the UFC media day in Dublin yesterday.

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