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UFC Fight Night Dublin 2014: Where Are They Now?

We take a look at where the stars of 2014’s pivotal night for Irish MMA are right now after the event reached its four-year anniversary this week.

UFC Dublin in 2014 will forever stand as one of the greatest events – not only in European MMA – but also in the organisation’s history.

Fans, fighters and media members who have no direct connection to Ireland have cited the 3Arena show as a truly special night for the sport.

It was a clean sweep for the homegrown talent and the electricity inside the venue that night has now become the stuff of legend.

With this week marking the fourth year anniversary of the card, we take a look at where some of the stars of the show have ended up.

Paddy Holohan

Holohan, who pulled off a submission victory over Josh Sampo on the night, managed to compile a 3-2 record inside the UFC before being forced to abruptly bring his MMA career to an end due to a rare blood disorder.

Now he works closely with the growth of the Irish MMA scene with Straight Blast Gym in Tallaght and hosts his own podcast, No Shame.

Gunnar Nelson

Gunnar is well and truly still in the process of making his mark on the 170lb division. A few solid wins saw his progress halted in brutal fashion by Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Glasgow, though, a fight in which the Iceland-native was stopped by way of KO in the first round.

Several blatant eye-pokes were the clear reason for this being the case, however, but even with that knowledge, the loss still stands on his record. He most certainly still has all of the tools necessary to crack the top-10 at welterweight before all is said and done.

Norman Parke

Norman’s second-round TKO finish of Naoyuki Kotani saw him then go on to post a (1-3) record in the UFC, beating Reza Madadi but dropping decisions to Francisco Trinaldo, Gleison Tibau and Rustam Khabilov.

He was released by the promotion soon after but after going (4-1, 1 NC) since then, he was picked up by Bellator MMA earlier this week on a multi-fight deal.

Cathal Pendred

The welterweight Pendred followed up his spectacular comeback victory over Mike King with three more on the trot, bringing his UFC record to 4-0 before dropping two consecutive losses to John Howard and Tom Breese.

In 2015, he then announced that he would be retiring from the sport to pursue a career in acting, one that has seen him garner several high-profile roles including a spot on TV shows Ray Donovan and Lore.

Neil Seery

As one of the pivotal figures in Irish MMA and its growth, Seery fought seven times in the flyweight division, testing himself against some of the finest 125lb-rs on the planet including Kyoji Horiguchi, Brad Pickett, and Louis Smolka.

Retiring at the age of 37 with a record of 16-13, he maintains an active role in his gym, Team Ryano, a setup that has produced several fighters who have recently signed with the European promotion BAMMA.

Conor McGregor

McGregor used the momentum he garnered from this event to catapult himself into title-contention before eventually becoming the first fighter to ever hold two UFC titles simultaneously.

Now, he’s the biggest star the sport has ever known and has already become one of the world’s most recognizable faces as well as one of the most financially successful athletes alive.

Diego Brandao

After being starched by McGregor in the very first round of their main-event pairing, Brandao did manage to rebound with two TKO finishes but following a positive USADA test for marijuana as well as a felony arrest – he was released by the promotion.

Now competing in Fight Nights Global, Diego can still be considered a solid featherweight fighter. The only UFC losses he sustained were to top-level opposition in McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Darren Elkins and Brian Ortega.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at cillian@punditarena.com.