Former professional UFC fighter Paddy ‘the hooligan’ Holohan (born 3 May 1988) has joined Limor as an official brand and product ambassador. A retired Irish mixed martial artist who competed in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Having had an impressive professional MMA career stretching from 2007 to 2016 Paddy was forced to hang up his gloves and retire prematurely from the sport due to a rare blood condition. Paddy now spends most of his time ring-side as a fight-night MMA pundit and coach.
"The thing I love about Limor is, that I didn't know what part I wanted to be in it, but I definitely knew that Limor was something I was going to download and use." - Paddy Holohan
Now unable to fight competitively, Paddy's main career focus is his MMA coaching business, using his many years of experience to teach the next generation of MMA fighters in West Dublin. With a wealth of knowledge and experience fighting professionally, Paddy has built a strong reputation as a coach and now runs regular training sessions during the week in his home village of Tallaght. Known not only for this fighting ability but for his love of a "cup of tea", Paddy is a man with bags of personality and character, and is always himself regardless of the environment or people around him.
Paddy's unique and highly positive outlook on life is what makes him so engaging and popular amongst his fan base around the world, and continues to draw people to him. As an ambassador Paddy will be regularly creating unique and exclusive voice content "audio casts" on his Limor profile, which can be listened to by all Limor users.
"Limor is the area of social media that hasn't been conquered yet, I really believe just being what the product is this is going to be huge!"
Fighting Career and highlights
After a successful career in Ireland, it was revealed in August 2013, that Holohan was selected to be a participant on The Ultimate Fighter 18. He faced Josh Hill for his fight to get in the house but unfortunately lost the bout by decision.
Holohan made his official promotional debut against Josh Sampo on 19 July 2014 at UFC Fight Night 46. Holohan won the fight via a rear-naked choke submission midway through the first round.
Holohan was scheduled to face Louis Gaudinot on 4 October 2014 at UFC Fight Night 54. However, Gaudinot pulled out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Chris Kelades.
Holohan lost the fight via unanimous decision. The performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.
Holohan faced Shane Howell on 18 January 2015, at UFC Fight Night 59. He won via unanimous decision.
Holohan faced Vaughan Lee on 18 July 2015 at UFC Fight Night 72. He won via unanimous decision.
Holohan faced Louis Smolka on 24 October 2015 at UFC Fight Night 76. Holohan lost by second round submission after taking a series of shots and then giving up his back, opening a window for Smolka to lock in the rear naked choke for the victory.
Holohan was expected to face Willie Gates on 8 May 2016 at UFC Fight Night 87. However, on 25 April, Holohan abruptly announced his retirement, citing a rare blood disorder. He was replaced on the card by Yuta Sasaki.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Chris Kelades
- "UFC Fight Night 54 Fighter Bonuses: Kelades and Holohan score fight of the night - MMA Weekly.com". Courtesy of MMAWeekly.com - 19th January 2015
He made his official promotional debut against Josh Sampo at UFC Fight Night 46 in July 2014.
May 3rd, 1988
30 years old