The Irish invasion continues.

On Wednesday, the UFC announced flyweight Paddy Holohan and welterweight Cathal Pendred will join SBG teammate Conor McGregor on the upcoming  UFC Fight Night 59 card in Boston.

Holohan (10-1-1), a veteran of European promotion Cage Warriors, is coming off rough decision loss to Chris Kalades at UFC Fight Night 54 in October. This loss not only marked the first professional loss of his young career but is also just the second time he ever went to a judge’s decision. Prior to this loss, ‘The Hooligan’ walked away with a first-round submission win in his UFC debut against Josh Sampo at UFC Fight Night 46, which was held in his native country of Ireland.

His opponent, Oklahoma native Shane Howell (13-8), is coming off a first-round submission loss in his UFC debut against Ray Borg at UFC Fight Night 44 in June. This setback snapped Howell’s six-fight win streak but also marked the fifth time he has been finished by submission.

Pendred (15-2), a former Cage Warriors welterweight champion, will be looking to push his UFC record to 3-0 when he squares off against Texas native Spencer Fisher (12-3). In Pendred’s last outing, fans saw him earn a very close split decision win over Gasan Umalatov at UFC Fight Night 53 in October. Prior to this win, ‘The Punisher’ walked away with a thrilling come from behind second-round submission victory in his UFC debut against Mike King at UFC Fight Night 46. Both men were awarded Fight of the Night bonuses for their performance.

His opponent, Sean Spencer (12-3), was last seen earning a decision victory over longtime UFC veteran Paulo Thiago at UFC Fight Night 51 in September. Prior to this win, he suffered a split decision victory at the hands of Alex Garcia at UFC 171 in March. This loss not only snapped his two-fight UFC win streak, but also marked the first time Spencer reached a judge’s decision and came out on the losing end.

UFC Fight Night 59 is currently scheduled to take place on January 18 at the TD Garden in Boston. A featherweight matchup between McGregor and German striker Dennis Siver will serve as the main event.

Here is how the rest of the card is shaping up:

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