The retirement of Irish star Paddy Holohan has shocked the MMA community, with which he had such a great relationship.
A statement released by the SBG fighter confirmed today that a blood disorder would render him unable to compete further due to safety concerns.
Pre-eminent MMA journalist Ariel Helwani struck a particular chord with the affable Irishman, deeming him one of the best people he’s met in life.
Paddy is one of the best people I’ve met in life, period. An amazing man. Honored to have covered him. Raise a cup of tea for ya, Paddy!
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 25, 2016
@arielhelwani hope he still stays involved with MMA (not just coaching at his gym) in some form.
— Good Guy (@thegoodguy34) April 25, 2016
Per SBG head coach John Kavanagh, Paddy will indeed take up an immediate coaching role at his home gym. Kavanagh lamented the loss of a great fighter, as did teammate Aisling Daly.
? I lose a great fighter but gain an amazing coach, time for the next chapter https://t.co/wNh2fZ0G5v
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) April 25, 2016
Fans were in widespread disbelief at the news, with many recalling the memories Holohan made as part of ‘The Fighting Irish’.
— Cian Bushell (@Ciano316) April 25, 2016
— Shane (@shanemeegan007) April 25, 2016
— Nolan King (@mlucicfan17) April 25, 2016
— Brendan Finn (@bfinn1888) April 25, 2016
Those in the MMA world, from writers to fighters to commentators, paid their respects.
— Bigslow (@LukeBarnatt) April 25, 2016
— Robert Whiteford (@Flyinjudoka) April 25, 2016
— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) April 25, 2016
This is sad news. I feel really bad for Paddy. Super good guy and hugely passionate. https://t.co/RQbprmCIS3
— John Gooden (@JohnGoodenUK) April 25, 2016
Damn shame that Paddy Holohan has retired. His last fight and the post fight interview made me a Holohan fan.
— Jack Slack (@JackSlackMMA) April 25, 2016
Holohan’s interview in the wake of his UFC Dublin defeat to Louis Smolka last year brought a smile to many, despite the heartbreaking home loss.
Part of Paddy’s statement rang true for some, while another famous admirer shared his well wishes in fellow ginger warrior Sheamus.
“I am also disappointed because people who have cheated within the sport due to PEDs etc putting their opponents in extra danger will fight again, whereas for me it’s a genetic 1 in 5 million disorder that stops me dead in my tracks.”
— Brian Canever (@BrianCanever) April 25, 2016
Good luck on your travels @PaddyHolohanMMA… Those blessed with ginger beards are warriors forever.
— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) April 25, 2016