UFC Fight Night 76 takes place at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, marking the second straight year Dana White and the UFC have brought their Octagon onto the Emerald Isle.
Originally scheduled as the main and co-main events, respectively, Dustin Poirier vs. Joseph Duffy and Stipe Miocic vs. Ben Rothwell will no longer be taking place, due to late injuries suffered by Duffy and Miocic. Instead, the promotion will look to Dublin’s own Patrick “The Hooligan” Holohan to take the mantle as the UFC’s headliner, as he faces off against fellow rising flyweight Louis Smolka. The co-main event features another Irish fighter in “Stormin” Norman Parke; the 28-year-old lightweight faces off against returning Swedish fighter Reza Madadi.
Results for the event are as follows:
Preliminaries (UFC Fight Pass; 1:15 p.m. ET)
- Garreth McLellan def. Bubba Bush via TKO (Round 3, 4:58)
- Darren Elkins def. Robert Whiteford via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
- Tom Breese def. Cathal Pendred via TKO (Round 1, 4:37)
- Krzysztof Jotko def. Scott Askham via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)
- Aisling Daly def. Ericka Almeida via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 29-28)
- Stevie Ray def. Mickael Lebout via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x 2)
Main card (UFC Fight Pass; 4 p.m. ET)
Neil Seery vs. Jon Delos Reyes
Round 1: Seery landed a solid overhand right early on, following it up with an effective combination on the feet. Delos Reyes lunged forward at a backpedaling opponent, often exposing his chin. Delos Reyes lands a trip, but allowed Seery to stand up shortly after. Seery defended a takedown before pressuring Delos Reyes against the cage. Seery found a majority of his success with an overhand right and leg kicks in this round.
Round 2: Delos Reyes opened the round with a big slam, but found his head caught in prime real estate for a guillotine submission. He escaped, quickly taking Seery’s back before getting both hooks in. Seery shook him off, taking the dominant position with Delos Reyes pressured up against the cage. Seery jumped onto Delos Reyes’ body, pulling guard with his opponent’s head firmly secured in a guillotine submission. Delos Reyes taps, and the fight’s over. Cue the Irish frenzy.
Result: Seery def. Delos Reyes via submission (Round 2, 4:12)
Nicolas Dalby vs. Darren Till
Round 1: Till quickly started finding a home for his straight left hand, allowing him to open up further with his trademark body kicks. Dalby looked to stop the standup action by forcing Till up against the cage, attempting to close the distance against the taller, longer fighter. He couldn’t keep him there for long. Till quickly opened up again with rangy strikes, landing a heavy left uppercut as Dalby shot in to close the distance. Dalby fell immediately, with nothing but the end of the round to save him from losing the fight.
Round 2: Dalby once again struggled to close the distance, swinging and missing far too often agains a taller fighter capable of landing from a longer range. Till took Dalby’s back while on the feet, looking to secure a trip only to be stifled by the fence. Dalby landed a brief takedown, but couldn’t keep him on the canvas long enough to score any decisive points. Another bad round for Dalby.
Round 3: Dalby opened the round with a high kick that finally found its mark. Likely knowing he was in need of a finish to salvage his likelihood of winning this fight, Dalby followed up with a brief barrage. Dalby landed another high kick midway through the final frame, noticeably hurting Till. Till started gassing out, backing up through most every exchange. He landed a huge takedown with about two minutes left, landing heavy strikes from full mount and Till’s back. A great comeback round for Dalby.
Result: Darren Till and Nicolas Dalby fight to majority draw (29-28 Till, 28-28 x 2)
Norman Parke vs. Reza Madadi
Round 1: Madadi immediately stormed forward for a takedown, but failed to bring Parke to the ground. Both fighters shot for takedowns all throughout the opening round, with brief moments of striking littered in between. Neither man showed dominance in the grappling exchanges, but Parke offered a bit more on the feet in Round 1.
Round 2: Knowing he was capable of defending against Madadi’s takedown attempts, Parke opened up with a more fluid striking attack. He started throwing kicks from range, stifling the the Swedish fighter on the feet. Madadi struggled to do much of anything outside of attempting takedowns, landing one that couldn’t stick for too long.
Round 3: The final round started much like the second; Parke knew he was every bit of Madadi’s equal in the grappling category, but far and away his superior in the striking department. Parke landed a takedown just past the midway point of Round 3, but didn’t use it to do much of anything.
Result: Parke def. Madadi via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Patrick Holohan vs. Louis Smolka
Round 1: Holohan ran across the cage and shot for a takedown. The experienced grappler was on top for a brief moment before the two spent the next three minutes transitioning from submission attempt to submission attempt. Smolka eventually got to his feet, landing a solid combination on the hometown fighter. Holohan landed another takedown late in the round, pressuring Smolka for as long as he could before Smolka landed several combinations before the round came to an end.
Round 2: Smolka continued with his success on the feet, but Holohan managed to latch onto his back. Holohan locked in a body triangle to maintain his position, often looking for wrist control to secure the rear-naked choke. Smolka transitioned into the full guard before finding his footing. He attempted a standing guillotine before taking Holohan to the mat, where he’d soon transition into full mount, reigning down heavy punches from a high posture position. In visible danger, Holohan turned and gave Smolka his back where he gave up a rear-naked choke.
Result: Smolka def. Holohan via submission (Round 2,