Patrick “Paddy” Holohan (pictured) is the second Irish fighter to retire from the UFC in the past six days. However, unlike with teammate Conor McGregor who retired then unretired while engaged in a stand-off with the UFC over promoting duties, Holohan is forced to walk away because of a rare blood clotting disorder.
“I was born with a factor missing in my blood called Factor XIII,” Holohan expressed on UFC.com. “I never disclosed it then or now. I can no longer pass the medical requirements to compete.”
“I knew that it was so rare that organizations wouldn’t understand or take the chance with me, as I have found out now,” Holohan continued. “I never explained in full to my coach John Kavanagh or my team the actual risks because I didn’t think there was excess risk.”
Holohan, who turns 28 next month, owns a 12-2-1 professional record. He made his UFC debut in 2013, going 3-2 along the way.
“The Hooligan” was looking to bounce back from October’s submission defeat to Louis Smolka, a card he ended up headlining due to injured fighters. He was slated to fight Willie Gates in 13 days at UFC Fight Night 87.
The UFC said they are looking to secure Gates a new opponent for the May 8 event.