After suffering his first professional loss to late replacement Chris Kelades at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs Saffiedine on October 4, Irish flyweight Paddy Holohan is taking nothing away from the Halifax native who took victory in their ‘Fight of the Night’ contest in front of his hometown crowd.
“It is what it is, when it’s done it’s done,” said Holohan. “Chris is a clever guy, he’s not a little hard head like some of the guys who are in this game. If the UFC were coming to my town and I was 7-1 and there was free bantamweight and flyweight fights on the card, I know I’d be getting ready. It turns out that he was too, fair play to him.”
Conor McGregor’s next opponent has today been confirmed as German Taekwondo specialist, Dennis Siver, who the Irishman will meet in the main event at Boston’s TD Garden on Sunday January 18. MMAJunkie first reported the news.
Although McGregor was chasing down a potential championship shot and looked likely to get the nod after travelling to see Jose Aldo take on Chad Mendes in Rio de Janeiro on October 25, it would appear that the UFC would like to see the SBG man pass another test before putting him in the title conversation.
The UFC’s evolution into the global leader in MMA promotion has bought with it a new set of challenges. The increase of non-US based athletes on the roster is to be welcomed but it also creates significant difficulties in monitoring these competitors on a regular basis.
Whilst the UFC regularly carries out additional drug tests on its fighters (and in greater detail than some of the regulatory bodies it works with), the recent spate of post-fight drug-test fails appears to have brought the issue to a head.