Paddy Holohan Fights At UFC Fight Night Halifax Tonight
Straight Blast Gym Ireland’s Holohan takes on Chris Kelades
The magic of international time zones means today will be a day filled to the brim with Straight Blast Gym fighters. After the lights go out at UFC Fight Night Stockholm, which sees both Gunnar Nelson and Cathal Pendred look to maintain their unbeaten records, proceedings will just be getting underway in Halifax, Canada, where SBG Ireland’s Paddy Holohan is looking to extend his own unbeaten run to 11-0 against Chris Kelades.
Holohan’s UFC debut victory came alongside his SBG teammates, Nelson and Pendred (and Conor McGregor) at UFC Fight Night Dublin in July. He was the first of the quartet to compete that night, and the first out of four to walk out of the Octagon with a win via stoppage. He recalls:
“I could feel it on my skin. You could feel that tingle and you could feel the pressure of the fans coming towards you nearly! It was crazy, as soon as I finished the choke and I was letting go of him, it was just mad and I couldn’t stop smiling.”
Holohan will be competing in the first fight on the card tonight in Halifax, and while it might be a different proposition to walking out in front of 20,000 of his own countrymen, he is nonetheless excited by the prospect:
Paddy Holohan‘s contest is made all the more tricky by the fact that his opponent was changed at the last minute. His original opponent, Louis Gaudinot, had to pull out of the fight after suffering with a case of pneumonia. What’s more, his new opponent Chris Kelades, hails from Dartmouth, Novia Scotia, making it his turn to be the hometown favorite for UFC Fight Night Halifax. That said, the Novia Scotian fight fans may have a job on their hands trying to match the noise and atmosphere created by their Irish counterparts at UFC Fight Night Dublin. Regardless of the changes, Straight Blast Gym Ireland’s Head Coach John Kavanagh is confident in Paddy, and admires Kelades for stepping up against a fighter of Holohan’s ability:
“Paddy Holohan is something special. The way he has been training for the 19 July fight, he came out of that with no injury, went straight back into the gym and now he has got this contest.
“I admire that guy taking on an 10-0 guy. You’re not going to turn down the UFC at the end of the day but to get in there and cut all that weight in these last few days and be willing to face that ginger, crazy guy coming at him…”
Be sure to tune in however you can, wherever you are. Good luck to Paddy Holohan and the whole SBG team in Halifax tonight!