Dublin's Holohan to Debut in July

"That stadium is going to be packed and hopefully they’ll all be rooting for me – it’ll be a big moment for me." - Patrick Holohan
Dublin's Patrick Holohan may have fallen short of making it into the Ultimate Fighter 18 house, but on July 19, he will get a second shot at Octagon glory when he makes his UFC debut against Josh Sampo on the UFC Fight Night card being held in his hometown arena, the O2.

“I’m so happy, this is going to be something so special," said Holohan. "That stadium is going to be packed and hopefully they’ll all be rooting for me – it’ll be a big moment for me.”

9-0-1 as a pro, the 26-year-old flyweight has been sidelined since his TUF 18 elimination bout against Josh Hill last year. But with his back injury now a thing of the past, the stablemate of headliner Conor McGregor is ready for battle.

“I’m stronger now than I’ve ever been before," he said. "I thought that injury would be the end of the road for me, but I’m just so appreciative that I can even fight and carry on competing.”

Sampo, 11-3, has won five of his last six, including a November 2013 submission of Ryan Benoit. Holohan doesn't know much about his foe, but he's preparing for the fight of his life.

“I haven’t even seen a picture of the guy, but everyone in the UFC is tough and at a high level. I believe and trust in myself to get the job done.”

Saturday, October 24
Dublin, Ireland


Mark Hunt earns our Knockout of the Week honors after defeating Roy Nelson in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson in Japan.
UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles gives you the latest on the newest additions to Elevation Fight Team as recent recruit T.J. Dillashaw will be joined by Matt Brown and Clay Guida.
Go behind the scenes on the set of Fight Valley with Holly Holm, Cyborg Justino, and Miesha Tate. All three fighters have their sights set on UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, but Holm gets next crack at UFC 193.
Joe Duffy is our featured fighter for Ep. 1 of On The Fly. The series leading up to Fight Night Dublin kicks off on Thursday.