Cathal Pendred at UFC Fight Night Dublin in October

Cathal Pendred at UFC Fight Night Dublin in October


SBG Ireland’s Pendred will face Tom Breese

The UFC returns to Dublin this October for the first time since SBG Ireland went 4-0 at UFC Fight Night 46 last year. That night, McGregor defeated Diego Brandao in the main-event, Gunnar Nelson beat Zak Cummings in the co-main event and Paddy Holohan and Cathal Pendred both won their respective UFC debuts via submission. It was a record-breaking evening for SBG Ireland. One that made the world really sit up and take notice of the team, and head coach John Kavanagh. With a world title, multiple Performance of the Night bonuses and a total of 10 Octagon victories between them since, the UFC returns to the home of SBG Ireland, and Cathal Pendred has become the first to have his name added to the card.

Cathal Pendred will take on Englishman Tom Breese. Breese, just 23, has an undefeated professional record of 8-0, winning his UFC debut back in May, with a first round TKO of Luiz Jorge Dutra Jr. Breese has finished all of his previous contests, one other by KO and the remaining six via submission. SBG Ireland’s Pendred will be looking to get back to winning ways after suffering the first loss of his career last month. The loss at UFC 189 was his fifth fight inside a year, the first being his debut at last year’s UFC Dublin event, and came just a month after his previous win over Augusto Montano.

The fight with Tom Breese is likely to be a slightly new kind of challenge for Pendred, though. Usually, the SBG man has a significant size advantage over his welterweight opponents, in Tom Breese that is no longer the case:

“When I think about the hype around Tom, I think a lot of it is to do with his size, his stature… He’s 6ft 3ins, he’s in good shape and I think that has a lot of people excited about him. He sticks out in people’s minds.

“In SBG we have all the different shapes and sizes – tall, short, slim, stocky. When I’m sparring I’ll definitely be looking for the guys with bodies that are similar to his but that’s the only way it will affect my training.

“I might even bring in a few guys that I know that are of similar stature to Tom. Different bodies do change your approach ever so slightly.

“Whether it’s shooting in or striking, a few things might need to be adapted for different sized opponents, bigger or smaller.”

Regardless of height differences, Pendred’s work-rate and heart will no doubt ensure he will be a force to be reckoned with come October. While Cathal Pendred’s first year in the UFC didn’t end quite as he would’ve liked, there can be little doubt that a 4-1 record is an amazing start to his UFC career. It will be exciting to see him back in the Octagon having likely only improved from his first loss. As he tweeted after his fight with John Howard:

“Failure defeats losers, but inspires winners.”