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John Kavanagh Building an Irish Dynasty

The House That John Kavanagh Built
By: Peter Carroll, FIGHTLAND

"Some of the Dublin crowd had screamed themselves hoarse before Paddy 'The Hooligan' Holohan had entered the Octagon to make his UFC debut in the opening bout of the night.

"Probably the toughest test for the Irish on paper, his rear naked choke victory over Josh Sampo marked the beginning of the Irish assault on their international rivals that would see their representatives go 6-0 in front of their hometown crowd.

"John Kavanagh, 'The Godfather of Irish MMA', was doing the same thing he did most weekends. As soon as one of his fighters got their job done he was scurrying backstage to get ready to do it all again. Famously, at Cage Contender VIII in March 2011, the Straight Blast Gym tribe went 8-1 in one night. Jiu jitsu ace Richie Crossdale, the sole defeated member of the crew on the night, still catches wisecracks about the event to this day."

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