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Paddy Holohan booked for return to UFC action for the first time since Dublin defeat

The 27-year-old will be aiming for his fourth UFC win.

Irish UFC flyweight Paddy Holohan.
Irish UFC flyweight Paddy Holohan.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

ANOTHER IRISHMAN HAS been added to the card for UFC Fight Night 87, which will take place in Rotterdam on 8 May.

Joining Neil Seery on the bill will be fellow Dublin flyweight Paddy Holohan, who’s set to take on 29-year-old American Willie Gates.

The card will be headlined by heavyweight contenders Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski, while Seery will face former title challenger Kyoji Horiguchi.

Holohan (12-2-1) will be aiming to return to winning ways after he was submitted by Louis Smolka in the second round of the main event at UFC Fight Night 76 at the 3Arena in Dublin last October.

It’ll be a busy night for Straight Blast Gym head coach John Kavanagh, with SBG welterweight Gunnar Nelson also booked for a showdown with Albert Tumenov.

Holohan was 3-1 in the UFC until Smolka halted his progress. Gates (12-6) has a 1-2 record since he was signed by the UFC in December 2014. A first-round TKO of Darrell Montague last July is sandwiched between defeats to Dustin Ortiz and John Moraga on his ledger.

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The news was first reported last night by Ariel Helwani on Gates later took to social media to confirm the match-up.

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