Citing a “staffing issue” as the reason, SBG Tallaght “Senior Management” confirmed on Thursday last that head coach Paddy Holohan had decided to leave his post at the facility, which opened in the summer of 2016.
While fellow coach Joey Breslin, who also departed, addressed the situation with a lengthy Facebook post later that day, Holohan himself chose not to comment directly.
However, with many wondering if the former UFC flyweight had been involved in some sort of dispute with SBG Ireland founder and his longtime coach John Kavanagh, Holohan took to social media over the weekend to set the record straight.
“A few things to clear up after this week,” wrote Holohan, alongside a picture of he and Kavanagh. “Me and The Coach have and always will be cool.”
“”SBG Tallaght was an invested project separate to John Kavanagh’s SBG Ireland gym and he had no decision in me parting.
“SBG Tallaght Senior Management” is an investor. Not John Kavanagh or any other SBG coach or fighter.
“I have no quarrel with SBG.. and my team stand behind me and my decision.”
Later that evening, Holohan posted another picture of he and Kavanagh together, this time they were joined by SBG prospect Richie Smullen, who had just picked up his third professional win via first-round TKO at Shinobi War 10 in Liverpool. Kavanagh and Holohan both cornered Smullen for the lightweight bout.
His association with the Tallaght gym might be at it’s end, but ‘The Hooligan’ is still committed to helping those in his local community through MMA and developing future stars of the sport. Holohan told the Echo.ie late last week that he has already shifted his focus to another project.
“I have a definite plan and I’m hoping to get this up and running very soon” Holohan said. “I’ll be looking to give the best service possible in MMA. I’ve been involved in it for the past 10 years. It’s in my blood.”
“I’ll bring the same passion to my training. People coming to my gym will learn what I’ve learned.
“I’ve had great support and if the people of Tallaght stand behind me the way they have, this will be huge.
“I’ve always given my all to everything I do. You can take me at face value and the people of Tallaght know that.”