UFC flyweight fighter has sadly been forced to announce his retirement from the sport at just 27 years old due to a rare blood disorder called Factor XIII.
Holohan had known about the disorder for some time, but had kept it too himself, even though it he was potentially putting his health at risk by competing.
However, when UFC officials finally did find out after his last fight, he was advised that he should hang up his gloves.
Fiercely proud of his Irish heritage, Holohan joined the UFC in 2014 and amassed a 3-2 record in the promotion, including headlining a ‘Fight night’ card in his native Dublin last year. In total he bows out of the sport with a 12-2-1 record.
Read Holohan’s full statement on his retirement below courtesy of UFC.com.
“I was born with a factor missing in my blood called Factor XIII,” Holohan said. “I never disclosed it then or now. I can no longer pass the medical requirements to compete.
“I knew that it was so rare that organizations wouldn’t understand or take the chance with me, as I have found out now. I never explained in full to my coach John Kavanagh or my team the actual risks because I didn’t think there was excess risk.
“I’m happy because I always wore my heart on my sleeve, never cheated, never turned away from diversity or challenges, and always strived to inspire and encourage people from all backgrounds. And I’m sad because I will never make that walk again, under those lights, feeling all those uncomfortable, yet life-giving feelings as they count and you hear ‘Walk, walk, walk,’ staring into a camera, knowing millions are watching, but most importantly the Irish are watching.
“Thanks to all of my team over the past nine years at SBG. My coach John who backed me regardless when I had nothing but effort to offer him in payment, it’s been an incredible journey for this council kid!
“To all the Irish people and people of my hometown of Tallaght who have always caught my falls and helped me back to my feet, I am forever grateful to the people who have backed me through thick and thin. This has made me the man I am today.”