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When it comes to fandom, it’s hard to beat the Irish

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It wasn’t the homecoming that the Irish had in mind, but it was kind of fun to see Patrick Holohan — pale, red-bearded Paddy, who bears a striking resemblance to van Gogh on the easel — in a UFC main event.

With Conor McGregor a mere spectator and Joseph Duffy no longer on the card, somehow it fell to Holohan to seize the old craic. He put on a hell of a show against Louis Smolka, even if he did come up short. He collected a tidy sum of $50,000 for leaving it all out there in front of his countrymen. Never mind that it was at flyweight, a weight class that (most) Americans are allergic to. In Ireland, it was the Fight of the Night. And Holohan had the night of his life.

Afterwards, with his face swelling up and turning deep purple, he said he only wanted a cup of tea. Even in a cage Paddy showed forth with his civilities. The crowd liked that.

And what’s remarkable in the aftermath of UFC Fight Night 76 is just how devoted the Irish fans truly are. When the UFC visited Dublin in July 2014, it was all ….View original article

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