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Heartfelt Tributes Pour In For The Now Retired Paddy Holohan

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.

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.

Fans were in widespread disbelief at the news, with many recalling the memories Holohan made as part of ‘The Fighting Irish’.

Those in the MMA world, from writers to fighters to commentators, paid their respects.

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.”

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.