Patrick Holohan is a Dublin native. | Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
A flyweight clash pitting Patrick Holohan against Louis Smolka will now serve as the co-headliner for the UFC Fight Night card in Dublin on Oct. 24.
UFC President Dana White announced the news via Twitter on Thursday. The card lost its original co-main event when Stipe Miocic was forced to withdraw from his heavyweight showdown with Ben Rothwell due to injury. The promotion initially announced that Norman Parke vs. Reza Madadi would serve as the evening’s new co-feature before plans apparently changed.
Holohan vs Smolka is now the co-main event in Dublin! Here’s the Paddy vs Sampo fight from the last Dublin show http://t.co/jDaezqzZWa— Dana White (@danawhite) October 16, 2015
UFC Fight Night takes place at the 3Arena in Dublin and is headlined by a lightweight tilt between Dustin Poirier and Joseph Duffy. The card will air in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass at 12:45 p.m. ET/9:45 PT.
Holohan appeared at the UFC’s last event in Dublin, submitting Josh Sampo with a rear-naked choke before a raucous throng of his countrymen in July 2014. “The Hooligan” has gone 2-1 in the Octagon since that triumph. Holohan owns a 12-1-1 career mark.
The 24-year-old Smolka has won three of his four promotional appearances, including a three-round verdict over Neil Seery in his most recent outing at UFC 189. The Hawaiian is 9-1 as a professional overall, with seven of his triumphs inside the distance.