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UFC Dublin's co-main event will now feature a hometown fighter

Paddy Holohan’s meeting with Louis Smolka has been moved to the co-headlining slot.

Holohan Smolka

EARLIER THIS WEEK, an injury to Stipe Miocic put UFC Dublin’s co-main event into serious doubt.

The plan was to find a replacement fighter to face Ben Rothewell, but when that didn’t happen, the organisation decided to move up Norman Parke’s lightweight bout with Reza Madadi and make it the penultimate fight before Joseph Duffy v Dustin Poirier.

However, they appear to have changed their mind and have instead opted for the match-up between Dublin flyweight Paddy Holohan and Louis Smolka .

Holohan made his UFC debut in front of hometown fans as the opening fight at the 3Arena (then the O2) back in July 2014 — defeating Josh Sampo in the first round with a rear-naked choke.

The 27-year-old has since won two fights and lost one in the Octagon.

Dana White tweeted:

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McGregor back in his hometown for two fan nights during UFC Dublin fight week

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