The UFC heads to Ireland in an event that looks a little more like a local promotion event than anything that the juggernaut organization can normally put together. While I understand that the UFC wants to appeal to the locals by displaying fighters from the region, but there is something to be said about the quality of the product. UFC Ireland marks the first event without a ranked fighter in it since the rankings were made. The UFC is supposed to showcase the best fighters on earth, yet they couldn’t get two top 15 fighters in any division to match up?  Let me just say this event was about as good as you it could have. It lacked compelling match ups. Even if you’re a hardcore MMA fan it’s understandable if you skipped this free event. Here’s a breakdown of the main card.

 

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Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
  • Flyweight Patrick Holohan losses to Louis Smolka via 2nd round Submission

Paddy Holohan couldn’t get it done for his countrymen. At the weigh-ins he looked emaciated and that rough weight cut didn’t help his gas tank. Holohan gassed far too quickly and as soon as Smolka saw him slow down he pounced at the opportunity. Smolka did an impressive job fighting Holohan and more importantly, dealing with the rowdy Irish crowd who began throwing beers. Smolka went into hostile territory and showed a stunning ability on the ground, with smooth transitions and grappling escapes, and his patience with securing a tight submission.

 

  • Lightweight Norman Parke defeats Reza Madadi via Unanimous Decision

When the best highlight of the fight is your post-fight interview and the weigh-in taunting there isn’t much to say about the fight. Madadi’s entire strategy was to close in on Parke, secure the clinch, then try and fail to get Parke to the ground. Parke had enough defense and mounted a slightly better offense in order to edge out a decision win.

 

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Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
  • Welterweight Nicolas Dalby and Darren Till (DRAW)

Fight of the Night. The only match up that really had some drama. After Darren Till has an excellent start it looked like he was just going to swarm Dalby and finish the fight early. Somewhere along the fight Till hurt his shoulder but kept on fighting and displayed a level of toughness that is rare even in this sport. The third round delivered so much action it really only felt fair to give the fighters a draw.

 

  • Flyweight Neil Seery defeats Jon Delos Reyes via 2nd round Submission

Why would you go for the double leg? Delos Reyes had youth, and speed on his side but experience can make those advantages null. Neil Seery is a good fighter, tough as nails with a bag full of tricks in every aspect of fighting. Delos Reyes learned a valuable lesson today. After landing two good shots he shot for the double leg, Seery got his arm around Delos Reyes’ head but didn’t have any sort of submission until Delos Reyes tried to finish the take down. Seery made the younger Delos Reyes pay for his amateur mistake by sinking in the choke and ending the fight.

 

Quick word about the fans. There is nothing better than passionate fans. The Irish crowd was cheering on there countrymen/women with a furiosity, including an awesome moment where the crowd sang “Zombie” by the Cranberries during a walk out. But when you throw things and boo, you only make yourselves look bad and lower the chances of non Irish fighters from wanting to visit your country for a fight.

 

Michael Gomez covers MMA, The Lakers, and Video Games  for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @MichaelGom3

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