Paddy Holohan Added to UFC Glasgow Card
SBGi Ireland’s Paddy Holohan to Fight Vaughan Lee at UFC Fight Night Glasgow
SBG’s Paddy Holohan has been added to the fight card for the upcoming UFC Fight Night event being held in Glasgow, Scotland on July 18th 2015. He is set to take on Englishman Vaughan Lee a week after teammates Conor McGregor, Gunnar Nelson and Cathal Pendred compete in Las Vegas at UFC 189. Holohan will be looking to extend his record in the Octagon from the current 2-1, his last contest being a victory over Shane Howell in Boston, by way of unanimous decision.
Paddy Holohan’s Opponent – Vaughan Lee
After an impressive twelve months saw Paddy secure two wins out of three in the Octagon, it has been revealed that he has secured a new four fight contract with the UFC. The new contract appears to come with something of a step up for Holohan, who faces a more experienced opponent that previously, in Vaughan Lee. While Lee’s current UFC record of 3-4 may seem initially like little to worry about, all four of those losses have come against opponents currently ranked in the top 15 of their respective UFC weight classes – bantamweights Iuri Alcantara (ranked #13), Raphael Assuncao (ranked #4), and current champion TJ Dillashaw, and flyweight Chris Cariaso (ranked #11).
Vaughan Lee Spars At SBGi Ireland
Despite the difference in experience, Paddy Holohan is confident of his chances, for no reason more so than the fact that Holohan had the chance to spar with Lee at SBG recently. Holohan, speaking to SevereMMA, stated:
“When we were sparring it was grand. I felt really, really comfortable. To be honest, the day before he came up I was getting over food poisoning… I had been in Liverpool and I had just got back and then John rings me and says Vaughan Lee is down in the gym and I should come and spar him… He has quick stand-up, he closes the distance quickly. Grappling wise I feel like I’m a lot trickier. I think my frame is more established, I think I’m sturdier and I think my jiu jitsu is more structured than his. I felt really, really solid in the grappling department when the two of us were going at it. I felt great in the striking too, don’t get me wrong, but that was where we would’ve been more even. Now I wasn’t trying to take his head off or anything, but I was comfortable with it.”
Paddy Holohan was happy for the chance to spar with his next opponent. Unlike some fighters, Holohan sees it as nothing more than a great learning experience:
“When these moments come around you can take them as burdens or you can take them as opportunities. You can spar the guy and you can find out information that you didn’t know before. Any information that you didn’t know before should always be welcome.”
It’ll be six months out of the Octagon by the time Paddy Holohan fights Vaughan Lee in July, but the SBGi Ireland fighter has been busy. He had been working closely with Aisling Daly for her most recent UFC fight last month, and is in the process of opening up a new SBG facility in his hometown of Tallaght. It will be exciting to see Paddy’s return to the Octagon to continue his impressive progress in the UFC.
For the full interview, go to: http://severemma.com/2015/05/paddy-holohan-sees-an-advantage-over-vaughan-lee-after-spar-in-sbg/