Aisling Daly Wins At UFC Fight Night Dublin
SBG Ireland’s Daly Wins; Disappointment for teammates Holohan & Pendred
Saturday night did not go entirely according to plan for SBG Ireland’s fighters. Despite valiant displays all around, two of the three SBG combatants suffered defeat in front of their home crowd. Cathal Pendred, and in the main event, Paddy Holohan, were both stopped by their respective opponents, leaving only Aisling Daly victorious in Dublin. SBG Ireland’s Daly secured her second UFC win with a comprehensive, unanimous decision victory over Ericka Almeida.
Aisling Daly was dominant throughout, controlling the majority of the fight, out-striking her opponent, and exerting her prowess against the cage and on the ground. The win more than made up for the fact that Daly missed the last UFC Dublin event, being cooped up in the TUF house at the time. Ailsing Daly walked out to be welcomed by a roaring home crowd the likes of which she had never experienced:
“That was one of the best moments of my life… These are the best fans in the world, and that crowd was absolutely phenomenal. I could hear the crowd all singing along to my walkout song, so that was really emotional. And to hear all that support during the fight, it was just the most amazing, memorable fight of my life. I’m open to anything next. Let’s do it. But whoever gets me next is going to be sorry.”
Daly’s win takes her to 2-1 in the UFC, and marks the end of a tough year adjusting to life in the UFC. Everyone at SBG is excited to see what the next year brings for Daly!
Defeat was tough for Paddy Holohan. Bumped up to the main event in front of his hometown crowd, the SBG Ireland local favorite put in a valiant effort before succumbing to a second round rear naked choke. Holohan secured four takedowns and threatened with a number of his own submissions in an exciting back and forth fight. Despite the result, Holohan can be proud that he gave the fans everything:
“I never come out here and say I’m the best… I never said I was born gifted, but I tell you one thing when I do come out, I give you everything.”
Cathal Pendred’s early first round loss to Tom Breese was his six UFC fight in fifteen months. It is the end of a frantic period that is testament to Pendred’s incredible grit and work ethic. He will now take a break from the Octagon to recover and will be away until 2016. The defeat was tough to take for Pendred, who felt he had let the fans down:
I felt I had let them down. I felt embarrassed. You can’t compare it to any other sport like football, GAA or rugby, when you lose you do it together and it’s not all on you but when you’re in a fight it’s all on you. It was kind of an embarrassing feeling.”
Pendred was grateful to the support shown throughout by his teammates, and the Irish fans, who applauded his effort as he left the Octagon:
“Obviously it didn’t go my way, but if I could pick one moment that meant a lot to me was after the fight finished I walked out of the Octagon and everyone stood and clapped and cheered me off. That meant a lot. I really appreciated it.”
All three SBG Ireland fighters left everything in the Octagon this Saturday, with mixed results, but no doubt all three will be back soon enough. With the support of all at SBG Ireland, and the faithful Dublin fans who cheered them throughout, the tribe is excited to see what is next for all three!