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A Closer Look at UFC’s Irish Fighters

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Spirit Combat Sports takes a closer look at Irish UFC Fighters. The most notable name that comes to mind when someone mentions Ireland and UFC is Conor McGregor, but there is a long list of impressive Irish Fighters, both current and retired. Many of these fighters are part of the notable SBG Ireland Team. SBG Ireland stands for Straight Blast Gym Ireland and is a mixed martial arts academy and professional team based in Dublin, Ireland. It was SBG Ireland’s founder, John Kavanagh, that played a huge role in bringing MMA to Ireland. Thanks to him and other pioneers, the following Irish UFC fighters have stepped into the octagon.


Welterweights



Stevie Lynch
Nickname: The Smiling Assassin
UFC Record: 0-1
MMA Record: 5-2
Team UFR Fighter Team
36-year old Irish fighter, Stevie Lynch, achieved one of his goals by making it to the Octagon on June 16th, 2007 in UFC 72. In his UFC debut on June 16th, 2007 he lost by Submission to Dustin Hazelett. At the time, Dustin was only 21. Outside of the octagon, Stevie is a family man.



Tom Egan
Nickname: The Tank
UFC Record: 0-1
MMA Record: 7-5
Team: SBG Ireland
Tom Egan was the first Ireland native to compete in the UFC. He lost UFC 93 fight against John Hathaway. He was a “kid barely out of high school” with only 4 pro fights under his belt, but he set a precedent for future Irish fighters.



Cathal Pendred
Nickname: The Punisher
UFC Record: 4-2
MMA Record: 17-4-1
Team: SBG Ireland
Cathal Pendred is a retired UFC fighter turned Irish actor. He was the Cage Warriors Welterweight World Champion.



Charlie Ward
Nickname: Relentless
UFC Record: 0-2
MMA Record: 4-3
Team: SBG Ireland
Currently competing in Middleweight division of Bellator MMA. He switched to Bellator September 2017.

Lightweights


Joesph Duffy
Nickname: Irish Joe
UFC Record: 4-2
MMA Record: 17-3
Team: Tristar Gym
Duffy started his career as a welterweight. He is one of the few fighters to defeat the former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in professional fights.



Conor McGregor
Nickname: The Notorious
UFC Record: 9-2
MMA Record: 21-4
Team: SBG Ireland
In 2015, at UFC 194, Conor McGregor defeated Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship via knockout thirteen seconds into the first round, which is the fastest victory in UFC title fight history. He defeated Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 205, becoming the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight divisions simultaneously.



Norman Parke
Nickname: Stormin
UFC Record: 5-3-1
MMA Record: 23-6-1 (1)
Team: Next Generation
The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes Winner
Earned a UFC contract by winning The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes lightweight tournament in 2012. He was released from the UFC in 2016 after losing UFC Fight Night 84 against Rustam Khabilov.

Featherweights


Paul Redmond
Nickname: Redser
UFC Record: 0-2
MMA Record: 14-7
Team: Team Ryano
Redmon made his UFC debut in 2015 stepping in for injured Alan Omer against Mirsad Bektic. He currently competes in the lightweight division of Bellator.

Flyweights


Patrick Holohan
Nickname: The Hooligan
UFC Record: 3-2
MMA Record: 12-2-1
Team: SBG Ireland
After a successful MMA fighting career, Patrick Holohan retired from MMA in April 2016 due to a rare blood disorder.



Neil Seery
Nickname: 2Tap
UFC Record: 3-3
MMA Record: 16-12
Team: Team Ryano
Neil Seery retired from MMA on July 2017 after losing via submission to Alexandre Pantoja at UFC Fight Night 113. He ranks #15 in the official UFC flyweight rankings.

Women's Strawweight


Aisling Daly
Nickname: Ais the Bash
UFC Record: 2-1
MMA Record: 16-6
Team: SBG Ireland
Aisling Daly is a retired UFC fighter. She competed in The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will be Crowned season 20. She received her Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jistsu from SBG head coach Matt Thornton in October 2016.
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