Irishman Paddy Holohan returns to the UFC octagon this Saturday night
One of Straight Blast Gym's brightest stars Paddy Holohan returns to UFC action this Saturday night as he faces Vaughan Lee at UFC Fight Night 72 in Glasgow.
The Jobstown native is coming off a really impressive win over Shane Howell on the UFC Boston Card.
At 2-1 in the UFC, the Hoolagan is coming off a really impressive decision victory over Shane Howell on Conor McGregor's headlining Boston card.
Speaking to the excellent homegrown Mixed Martial Arts website Severe MMA, Paddy spoke of the upcoming bout.
"It’s the first time I’ve ever been in Glasgow, it’s grand,” said Holohan.
"It just feels normal, like it’s any other fight. It makes a huge difference when you don’t have to travel across to the US. The weather, the climate, it’s the same as it is back home. I think I actually live closer to Glasgow than my opponent too. He’s from Birmingham, I think that’s further away anyway. There’s definitely not much in it."
And the Jobstown native concluded his absolute ecstasy with McGregor's 2nd round stoppage of Chad Mendes last Saturday night.
"That was absolutely unreal. It was something that Ireland needed. A lot of the sports have gone a little bit stale and corrupt to be honest. This is an injection of something new that we need. Hopefully this will have a big knock on effect on the whole sport. In particular I hope it helps the grass roots element of MMA.
"Watching Conor do that was absolutely amazing. That was a dream come true for him and I’m so happy for him. It’s proven that the path that we follow and the training regime that we use are working. It only gets better too, in every single fight it gets a little better.
"It’s a great confidence boost knowing that all I have to do is trust in the system that has been laid out. When you have that, you don’t need anything else. I know if I turn up and I’m willing to put the time in, regardless of all the little things that go wrong, I know I can be a world champion,” he explained.
One thing that Holohan will definitely have in his favour is the return of Straight Blast Gym coach John Kavenagh in his corner this weekend.
Kavanagh really has done an outstanding job at developing Irish fighters at the Longmile Road Gym, and it has been underlined through the rise of other young guns such as Flans Mlambo and James Gallagher, both of whom competed in the 2015 IMMAF World Championships last weekend.
Gallagher put on a dominant 1st round display in Vegas, but injury unfortunately hampered his tournament. Mlambo went achieve a gold medal.
Speaking of the Glasgow event, Kavanagh said on Ariel Helwani's MMA Hour podcast: "As soon as Conor won, my mind transferred to Paddy, wanting to know how the weight cut is going, and what shape he's in. I'll be in his corner supporting him on Saturday night."