Written by @NickRiznerMMA
Dublin, Ireland: Louis Smolka breaks Irish hearts as he submitted home town hero Paddy Holohan following a back and forth grappling exchange.
UFC Fight Night 76 was held on October 24, 2015 at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. The whole event aired on UFC Fight Pass. Patrick Holohan vs. Louis Smolka was the main event of the evening.
I think the crowd is supporting Paddy in this one. One kick and immediately, Paddy goes for the takedown. He succeeds. He’s in side control now and looks to step into north south. Smolka is going for a darce choke, but it seems to be more for defensive purposes than offense. Back to the feet, Smolka attempts a judo throw, and Paddy takes his back. Smolka goes for the heel hook and Smolka rolls out of it. Both guys being very creative on the ground, as expected. Now Smolka is going for the ankle. Reversed again. With a minute and a half left, things go back to the feet and Smolka connects with a blind head kick on the break. Smolka is connects with a number of punches in the closing seconds, stealing a very close round in my opinion.
MMA Mad scores the first round 10-9 Smolka.
Paddy takes his back beautifully in the standing position. I can almost feel the burn in Smolka’s quads. He switches to a body triangle and locks in a deep rear naked choke. Smolka explodes out and takes top control. Smolka goes for a huge guillotine and forces Paddy to pull guard in escape. Smolka is in full mount now, really pouring it on now. Paddy has no choice but to give up his back, and Smolka takes advantage with a tight rear naked choke. And he taps him! Huge huge huge win by Smolka in a very hostile environment.
Smolks ends it in two.
Official Result – Louis Smolka def. Paddy Holohan via rear naked choke (Rd.2, 4:05)