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Paddy Holohan announces retirement

Irish flyweight Paddy “The Hooligan” Holohan has announced his retirement from MMA. The SBG fighter (12-2-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) released a statement on his Facebook page this afternoon. Holohan revealed he’s been forced to retire due to a rare blood factor. The statement read: “I’ve known this announcement was coming for a week or more now and it has only felt worse the more I have thought about it. I am forced to retire from MMA. I was born with a factor missing in my blood called Factor XIII. I never disclosed it then or now, it came to the UFC’s […]

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Paddy Holohan on UFC Dublin call-up: “I know I’m part of something so special”

In less than a month’s time, the landscape of mixed martial arts in Ireland is set to change forever when the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Dublin for the first time in five years. While five years ago only one Irishman occupied the card, this time around the card is dominated by Irish fighters (and honorary Irish such as Gunnar Nelson). Not only this, but one gym alone in Ireland, John Kavanagh’s SBGi, has produced four fighters for the event. The latest of these is Dubliner Paddy “The Hooligan” Holohan (9-0-1) who faces Missouri’s Josh “The Gremlin” Sampo (11-3, 1-1 […]

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Cathal Pendred Pens Deal with the UFC, Fights Mike King at UFC Dublin

Cathal Pendred may have bowed out of the The Ultimate Fighter: Team Penn vs. Team Edgar this week, albeit by a razor tight split decision, but it’s good news for Irish MMA fans as the SBG Ireland fighter has signed a contract with the UFC and will fight fellow TUF team mate Mike King at Dublin’s o2 Arena on July 19th. I have signed a contract with the UFC & make my debut on July 19th. Dreams do become reality when you work tirelessly towards them & believe — Cathal Pendred (@PendredMMA) June 19, 2014 The former Cage Warriors Fighting […]

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John Kavanagh on MMA in Ireland: “We’re just getting started”

Head coach of SBG Ireland and the “Grandfather of Irish MMA” John Kavanagh is adamant that the sport of mixed martial arts is only going to go from strength to strength in 2014. Speaking to Niall McGrath on the Talking Brawls MMA podcast, Kavanagh spoke of how special it is to see how far the sport has come in the last 18 months. “I still when I see a guy walking down the street with a Tapout t-shirt on give him a nod because I assume I must know him,” Kavanagh told Talking Brawls. “Even when I see other teams […]