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Monday 5 December 2016

Martial arts stars share secrets of success with big-fight fans

22 Oct 2015; UFC fighters Rory McDonald, left, and Max Holloway. Kyuzo Gym UFC Community Seminar. Kyuzo Gym, Ballyboggan Business Centre, Ballyboggan Road, Glasnevin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
22 Oct 2015; UFC fighters Rory McDonald, left, and Max Holloway. Kyuzo Gym UFC Community Seminar. Kyuzo Gym, Ballyboggan Business Centre, Ballyboggan Road, Glasnevin, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

The UFC has rolled into town amid controversy after the second of the two main fights scheduled for Saturday's Fight Night in the 3Arena was cancelled.

Irish-born Joe Duffy - famous as the last man to beat Conor McGregor - was due to headline the event but sustained an injury in training, according to a UFC statement.

"Having learned that Duffy received a strike to the head during training earlier this week, UFC sent him for medical tests," the statement said.

"The results determined that Duffy suffered a mild concussion and due to the proximity of the fight this Saturday, UFC will not permit him to compete."

The other main fight, a heavyweight bout between Stipe Miocic and Ben Rothwell, was previously cancelled, also due to injury, leaving fans disappointed,

However, Dubliner Patrick Holohan will step into the main event slot and take on Hawaiian Louis Smolka in a flyweight bout.

Smolka's team-mate, Max Holloway, who narrowly lost to McGregor two years ago, was in Dublin giving a seminar with fellow UFC fighter Rory MacDonald.

"I really wanted to come to Dublin, I love teaching and I love this sport. Giving back, I believe, is the most important thing in this sport," he told the Herald.

expertise

The two UFC stars addressed a group of more than 30 people at the Kyuzo MMA gym in Glasnevin.

MacDonald was happy to lend his expertise to the MMA hopefuls.

"It's nice to help out with people who are interested in martial arts," he said.

Barry Oglesby, the head coach at Kyuzo, was delighted to have the two superstars putting his team through their paces.

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