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UFC Fight Night 76 Dublin live results: Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka

Welcome to WrestlingObserver.com's live coverage of UFC Fight Night 76: Holohan vs. Smolka from the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. The event has undergone some major last-minute changes, losing the original main event earlier this week when Joseph Duffy was forced out of his bout against Dustin Poirier. The card is now headlined by a three-round flyweight bout as Paddy Holohan takes on Louis Smolka in the first flyweight main event bout not featuring Demetrious Johnson. The entire event will be streamed on UFC Fight Pass. The action kicks off with preliminary card fights at 1:15 PM eastern time before the main card kicks off at 4 PM eastern time.

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Real quick thank you to everyone for all their nice messages today.

 

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC FIGHT PASS- 1:15 PM ET/10:15 AM ET)

MIDDLEWEIGHTS- BUBBA BUSH (8-2 1 NC, 0-0 1 NC UFC) VS. GARRETH MCLELLAN (12-3, 0-1 UFC)

First round: McLellan is the top star from South Africa.  A regular Jan Wilkens.  Bush looks like Matt Brown’s face on Anthony Nese’s body.  Bush is trying to take him down.  McLellan blocked the early takedown attempts.  Bush tripped him down.  McLellan back up.  Another takedown by Bush.  Bush in side control.  Super hot crowd already.  McLellan trying a Kimura from the bottom but Bush out and has his back.  Bush now punching.  McLellan back to his feet and went for a gullotine.  Bush popped out.  10-9 Bush.

Second round: McLellan kicked to the body. Bush took him right down.  Bush tried another takedown but McLellan, held onto the fence and landed on top.  The ref should have reset them but didn’t.  McLellan landed in the mount.  He worked for an arm triangle.  McLellan landing some punches from the top.   McLellan landing a lot of punches now.  Now he’s landing elbows and punches.  More punches and elbows by McLellan.  I’d go 10-8 McLelland but I think the judges will have it even 19-19 right now.

Third round: Crowd hot.  McLellan with an uppercut and now McLellan going for a takedown.  McLellan was able to slam him down.  McLellan working for a choke.  Bush got up and wants a takedown.  Bush took him down.  McLellan back up.  Takedown by McLellan.  McLellan landing punches from the top.  McLellan dropping elbows.  McLellan landing a ton of punches late.  It was stopped with seconds left from ground and pound.  If anything, should have been stopped a second or two earlier.  4:58

FEATHERWEIGHTS- (#14) DARREN ELKINS (18-5, 8-4 UFC) VS. ROB WHITEFORD (12-2, 2-1 UFC)

First round: Elkins landed some punches.  Whiteford landed a left.  Left by Elkins.  Whiteford landing good punches.  Elkins took him down.  Whiteford back up.  Elkins with an uppercut and takedown.  Whiteford bleeding fro under the right eye.  Whiteford back up.  Whiteford hurt him with a right.  Elkins 10-9.
                    
Second round: Elkins took him down.  Whiteford bleeding near the left eye.  Elkins got his back.  Elkins working for a choke but Whiteford out of trouble.  Whiteford tried to get up but Elkins took him back down with a single leg.  Whiteford back up with 1:33 left.  Whiteford with a cool judo throw and landed elbows but Elkins took him down again.  Elkins landing punches.  Elkins 20-18.

Third round: Left by Whiteford.  Left and right by Whiteford.  Elkins took him down.  Whiteford with a left.  Elkins landed some punches and took him down.  Whiteford bleeding bad from the left ear.  Elkins has his back.  Whiteford working for a choke.  Elkins 30-27.

Scores: All three have it 30-27 for Elkins.

WELTERWEIGHTS- CATHAL PENDRED (17-3-1, 4-1 UFC) VS. TOM BREESE (8-0, 1-0 UFC)

First round: Breeze from England, but trains in Montreal at Tri-Star.  Place going insane for Pendred.  Big left by Breese and Pendred went down to a knee.  Left by Breese.  Pendred’s nose bleeding badly.  Right and knee by Pendred.  Breese wth a left to the face and another left to the body.  High kick by Breese.  Breese landing big punches.  Body kick by Breese.  Breese dropped him with a series of punches and it’s over.  Three lefts put Pendred down and he threw punches on the ground when it was stopped.

Breese asked Dana White for 50Gs.  Some advice for guys.  Don't do that.  Instead, challenge somebody.  He asked to be put on the February card in London.

MIDDLEWEIGHTS- SCOTT ASKHAM (13-1, 1-1 UFC) VS. KRZYSZTOF JOTKO (15-1, 2-1 UFC)

First round: Jotko took him down.  Fans chanting for Jotko.  Askham bleeding from above the left eye.  Jotko took him down a second time.  Ashkam with elbows from the bottom and looking for an armbar.  Jotko escaped. Ashkam bleeding badly now.  Jotko 10-9.

Second round: Ashkam missed a high kick.  Jotko now bleeding from the nose.  Jotko got poked in the eye.  Ashkam landed a front kick.  Ax kick by Ashkam.  Ashkam’s round so 19-19 after two.

Third round: Jotko with a knee.  Ashkham went for a judo throw but Jotko landed on top and landed a punch as Ashkam got up.  Left and right and kick by Ashkam.  Right by Jotko.   Jotko bleeding from the nose and right ear.  Ashkam covered in blood.  Left and body kick by Jotko.  Close fight I’ve got Ashkam 29-28.  Could go either way.

Scores: 29-28 Jotko 29-28 Ashkam 29-28 Jotko

Jotko did the spinaroonie of all spinnaroonies.

WOMEN'S STRAWWEIGHTS- (#15) AISLING DALY (15-6, 1-1 UFC) VS. ERICKA ALMEIDA (7-1, 0-1 UFC)

First round: Daly out with punches early.  Almeida with an elbow.  Almeida with knees to the body.  They are in a clinch on the fence.  Daly got the takedown.  Daly landing punches from the top.  Daly 10-9.

Second round: Daly pushed her into the fence.  Daly with a takedown.  Daly landing punches. Almeida looked for a triangle.  Almeida up and took Daly down.  Almeida in side control.  Almeida got her back.  Close round, Almeida so 19-19 into the third.

Third round:    Daly out throwing punches. Daly with a hip toss but on the way over Almeida blocked it with a body scissors.   Daly throwing punches.  Crowd going to ridiculously nuts for this fight.  Daly with elbows to the thigh as she got Almeida down.  Daly landing a ton of punches.  Daly landing all kinds of punches.  Daly clearly won the third.  The place is going crazy 29-28 Daly.  She climbed to the top of the cage and was crying because the crowd was cheering so loudly.

Scores: 30-27, 29-27 and 29-28 Daly.  
She’s crying like crazy.  What a freaking great babyface promo.  This was one of the best undercard crowd reactions in UFC history. 

LIGHTWEIGHTS- STEVIE RAY (18-5, 2-0 UFC) VS. MICKAEL LEBOUT (14-4-1, 1-1 UFC)

First round: Big left by Ray.  Left by Ray.  Body kick by Ray.  Left by Ray.  Body kick by Ray.  Hard left by Ray.  Ray 10-9

Second round: Ray landing punches.  Left high kick by Ray.  Jumping kick by Ray.  Ray 20-18.

Third round: Lebout landed a right.  Body kick by Ray.  High kick by Ray.  Lebout landed a hard right.  Body kick by Lebout.  Spinning elbow by Lebout.  Ray picked him up and spun him and threw him down, almost like an F-5 right as the match ended.   This round was closer. 30-27 Ray.

Scores: 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 Ray

MAIN CARD (UFC FIGHT PASS- 4 PM ET/1 PM PT)

FLYWEIGHTS- NEIL SEERY (15-11, 2-2 UFC) VS. JON DELOS REYES (8-4, 1-2 UFC)

First round:   Seery landing punches.  Crowd going crazy since Seery is from Dublin.  Knee by Delos Reyes.  Serry landed a nice right to the side of the head.  Delos Reyes took him down.  Knee by Delos Reyes.  Both landing punches.  Seery landing a lot of rights.  Seery wrestled him to the round.  Delos Reyes got a takedown but Serry back up.  Seery landing punches and a low kick.  Both trading.  Seery 10-9.

Second round: Seery with punches, Delos Reyes took him down but Seery grabbed a guillotine.  Delos Reyes escaped and got Seery’s back.  Seery escaped and took Delos Reyes down.  Dels Reye sbakc up.  Both landing hard shos. Both swinging.  Really good round.  Delos Reyes slammed him down but Serry grabbed him in a guillotine for the submission.  Easily the best fight of the show so far.

WELTERWEIGHTS- NICOLAS DALBY (14-0, 1-0 UFC) VS. DARREN TILL (13-0, 1-0 UFC)

First round: Dalby is from Denmark, Till is from the U.K. but trains in Brazil.  Both tying up. Till with knees.  Left by Till.  Till with body kicks.  Another body kick by Till.  Dalby with a body kick.  Till with a kick, knee and elbow.  Low kick by Dalby.  Left to the jaw by Till.  Body kick by Till.  Till landed an upppercut and had Dalby in trouble as the round ended.  10-9 Till.

Second round: Good body kick by Till.  Takedown by Dalby but Till right back up.  Knee to the head by Dalby.  Till knocked him off balance at the end of the round.  Close round, 10-9 slightly for Till so he’s up 20-18.

Third round: Dalby landed a head kick.  Till went for a takedown but Dalby escaped.  Dalby landed a punch to the nose.  Dalby working for a takedown.  Dalby got the takedown.  Till got up.  Till bleeding from the nose.  Another head kick by Dalby and some punches.  Dalby landing solid punches and a  knee.  Dalby with a kick to the body and punches.  Dalby took him down with 2:20 left  Dalby got mount and is pounding on him.  Till is in a lot of trouble.  Dalby landing all kinds of lefts on the ground.  Till back up but he’s wobbly and worried.  Dalby threw him down but Till immediately got back up.  Till with a knee and a punch.  Dalby with punches and he landed a head kick.  Dalby with knees to the head.  Dalby’s round for sure.  Great fight.  Really comes down to round two, I’ve got 29-28 for Till, but it could even be a 28-28 draw if you gave a 10-8 third.

Scores: 29-28 Till 28-28 28-28 draw.  So they gave Dalby 10-8 third which is not bad scoring at all.  Till’s shoulder went out in the second round but he came out and survived the third round.  Dan Hardy was pushing the idea of a rematch.

LIGHTWEIGHTS- NORMAN PARKE (20-4-1, 4-2-1 UFC) VS. REZA MADADI (13-3, 2-1 UFC)

First round: Madadi working for a takedown.  Parke defending.  Madadi shot and Parke sprawled.  Parke landed a few lefts.  Another left landed by Parke.  Crowd booed, not much happened.  Parke 10-9.

Second round: Parke throwing kicks.  Parke landing a few punches.  Madadi got the takedown but Parke back to his feet.  Head kick by Parke.  They are in a clinch against the fence.  Body kick by Parke.  Parke landed several punches.  Parke going for a takedown but didn’t get it.  Parke with some uppercuts.  Parke’s round, up 20-18.

Third round: Madadi going for a single leg.  Madadi started to land.  Madadi landing more and working for a takedown.  Parke took him down.  Close third round, Parke 30-27.

Scores: All three have it 30-27 for Parke.

FLYWEIGHTS- PADDY HOLOHAN (12-1-1, 3-1 UFC) VS. LOUIS SMOLKA (9-1, 3-1 UFC)

First round: Holohan took him down and moved into side control.  Smolka working for a D’arce choke from the bottom.  Holohan tried to get his back.  Smolka up but Holohan took him down again.  Smolka moved to the top.  Holohan went for a heel hook.  Smolka worked for an ankle lock  Holohan took him down again.  Smolka up and landed a kick.  Holohan trying for a takedown but this one was blocked.  Front kick by Smolka.  Two more front kicks by Smolka.  Holohan went for another takedown but doesn’t have it.  Smolka landing punches and Holohan back.  Great first round.  Holohan 10-9.

Second round: Both trading.  Smolka’s punches are crisper.  Holohan landed a nice left.  Holohan jumped on his back.  Crowd going crazy for Holohan.  Holohan has his back and working for a choke with a body triangle.  Smolka trying to spin to the top but Holohan holding a body triangle.  Holohan throwing punches.  Smolka turned to the top with 2:45 left in the round.  Smolka with elbows to the body.  Smolka has a guillotine standing.  Smolka used it to take him down.  Smolka with elbows.  Holohan tried an umpa plata but Smolka blocked and landing punches.  Smoka landing a lot of punches for the top.  Holohan is in a lot of trouble.  Smolka pounding him from the mount.  Smolka working for  a choke.  He’s got it. It’s over.  Great fight. 

The crowd loved Holohan even after losing.  His left eye is swollen.  Smolka said the people may not like him but this was a great crowd.  Fans ended up cheering him.