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Blood disorder forces Paddy Holohan to retire from MMA

27-year-old Irish flyweight Paddy Holohan (12-2-1) announced his retirement yesterday from mixed martial arts.

Holohan last fought in his home country, losing via submission in exciting fight to Louis Smolka at UFC Fight Night 76.

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Holohan’s retirement leaves his UFC Fight Night 87’s main event  Willie Gates without a fight. The UFC is expected to announce a replacement.

“I was born with a factor missing in my blood called Factor XIII,” Holohan told “I never disclosed it then or now. I can no longer pass the medical requirements to compete.”

Holohan joined the UFC in July of 2014, going 3-2-0. He earned a Fight-of-the-Night award in his fight against Chris Kelades at UFC Fight Night 54 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Crossfire would like to wish Holohan all the best in his future endeavours.
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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