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The roar of the Dublin crowd last July must have been music to Paddy ‘The Hooligan’ Holohan. A year before the historic date, the Dubliner had to undergo a discectomy to treat swollen discs in his back. Having impressed Dana White despite coming up short against Josh Hill for a place on the The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate cast before his surgery, the Irish flyweight remained focused on his goal of competing at UFC’s return date to his hometown.
The SBG fighter forced a tap from Josh Sampo to raise the curtain in the Irish capital and fought more times over the next 12 months to record a very respectable 3-1 with UFC. Next weekend will mark Holohan’s main card debut and should he have his hand raised after his bout with fellow highly touted prospect, Louis Smolka, ‘The Hooligan’ has a very good chance of making his first appearance in the UFC’s top 15 rankings.
Although the talk of rankings spots and main card milestones might excite a lot of fighters with similar UFC trajectories, Holohan keeps his focus solely on his preparation.
“I don’t think about the stuff at all, that’s the type of ….View original article