In a cruel twist of fate, Conor McGregor’s SBG team-mate Paddy Holohan has been forced to retire from professional MMA.
The Irishman announced on Facebook that he is stepping away from fighting, effective immediately due to a blood disorder which he had hidden from the UFC.
The 27-year-old’s full statement:
Holohan emphasised the bitter nature of his condition -which only put himself at risk- by mentioning how known PED users have been allowed to continue in the sport.
[I am] Sad because I will never make that walk again, under those lights, feeling all those uncomfortable yet life giving feelings as they count and you hear “walk walk walk” staring into a camera, knowing millions are watching but most importantly the Irish are watching.
I am also disappointed because people who have cheated within the sport due to PEDs etc putting their opponents in extra danger will fight again, whereas for me it’s a genetic 1 in 5 million disorder that stops me dead in my tracks.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the factor XIII deficiency could lead to life-threatening bleeding.
‘The Hooligan’ is understandably uninsurable for his own safety, but that does very little to soften the blow.
We wish Holohan – who retires with a record of 12-2-1 – all the best for his future career.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.