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Stability Is Key for Paddy Holohan Ahead of UFC Rotterdam

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Paddy ‘The Hooligan’ Holohan has been enjoying some down time since his last trip to the Octagon. On a few days notice the Irish fan-favorite stepped up to the plate to take on Louis Smolka in Dublin’s main event in October for his last bout, but after an action packed two rounds in the Irish capital, Holohan lost by decision.

In his hometown and with the late withdrawal of fellow Irishman, Joe Duffy, from the headline slot, it’s no surprise that Holohan felt obliged to take on the task at the 02 Arena last October.

“I did feel pressure to take it, definitely,” said Holohan. “At the time I was just doing what fighter’s do, I was biting down and saying whatever, you know? You just want to get to the fight, you’re focusing on your weight cut, so you honestly don’t care about where your fight is on the card.

“When I take myself out of the situation and look at it, it was an awful lot to do on a few days notice. I don’t think it played too much into it because if I had finished that fight it would have been a completely different story.

“When that main event came I was going through some stuff in my life and I didn’t realize I was,” explained the charismatic Irish flyweight. “My girlfriend was moving over from Dublin, and I had some other personal things going on. Now, everything has settled. I had the opening of the new SBG gym hanging over me, but now the builders are in and everything. My girlfriend is living here and she’s settled in too.

“All I have to worry about is training. I’m in a good routine. I think my last training camp was knocked off course a bit with everything that ….View full article