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Irish flyweight Paddy ‘the Hooligan’ Holohan wins all three rounds at UFC Glasgow

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
It has been a brilliant afternoon for Irish flyweight Paddy ‘the Hooligan’ Holohan
It has been a brilliant afternoon for Irish flyweight Paddy ‘the Hooligan’ Holohan

It has been a brilliant afternoon for Irish flyweight Paddy ‘the Hooligan’ Holohan after he won all three rounds on the prelims at UFC Glasgow to earn an unanimous decision win on scores of 30-27 across the board.

Holohan had the better of the first round at at UFC Glasgow, most of which his English opponent Vaughan Lee  spent defending against a triangle attempt. But the veteran  broke free with 20 seconds remaining and Holohan suddenly found himself in danger.

Lee took Holohan’s back and locked in a rear-naked choke that had the SBG flyweight in trouble, but he too managed to escape just before the bell.

Round two was another one for the grappling enthusiasts to appreciate. Holohan chased an armbar as the clock winded down but again the bell came before a submission.

In the third and final round, Holohan put his reach advantage to good use and had the better of the exchanges on the feet, although the action was briefly held up as Lee recovered from an accidental groin strike.

Holohan then scored a takedown late on to seal the deal, as all three judges awarded the Tallaght native every round.

Speaking before the encounter, Holohan said his  long-term aspiration, however, is a shot at dominant 125lbs champion Demetrious Johnson. Holohan is still a few wins away from being in title contention, but he’s desperate to follow in the footsteps of his Straight Blast Gym team-mate Conor McGregor by getting his hands on a UFC belt.

“That’s more vivid now than it’s ever been because I’m almost four fights in,” said Holohan, who — along with head coach John Kavanagh — is planning to open an SBG facility in Tallaght later this year.

“I’ve been working my ass off to get to this position and bring a UFC belt back to Tallaght — back to Jobstown. It would be a dream come true. I know I can do it too. I’m 100% confident in my ability to achieve that.”