Cathal Pendred to face Gasan Umalatov at UFC Fight Night Sweden
Straight Blast Gym Ireland’s Cathal Pendred to Fight at UFC Fight Night 53
Straight Blast Gym has been getting into a nice habit of late; the habit of stacking UFC fight cards with its fighters. After winning all of the four fights it took part in at UFC Fight Night Dublin, Straight Blast Gym is setting to continue its European take over, as Cathal Pendred joins Gunnar Nelson on the UFC Fight Night 53 card in Stockholm.
Pendred will take on Gasan Umalatov at the event on October 4th, which will see him dropping down from middleweight to welterweight. The Russian, Umalatov, currently has a professional MMA record of 15-3-1, including a UFC record of 1-1, with his most recent fight being a decision victory over Paolo Thiago back in May. Prior to that, his UFC debut saw him go down in a decision loss to Neil Magny in February. SBG’s Pendred, meanwhile, has made a slightly more impressive impact on the MMA world since his arrival in the UFC. His UFC debut at UFC Fight Night Dublin saw him walk away with a second-round submission victory, as well as a bonus for Fight of the Night. That win left Cathal Pendred unbeaten in 9 fights. Of the prospect of his next fight in Sweden, Pendred said:
“Straight after the last fight I was thinking about what’s next for me. I knew that Stockholm was next in Europe and I’ve always wanted to go there and it’s perfect timing for my next fight. I made it known that I was interested and I’m really pleased I got it… It’s a good matchup. He has a good record and he is an exciting fighter. But I never over-analyze the opposition; I prefer to focus on myself.”
Pendred’s victory at UFC Dublin was quite incredible, perhaps one of the best comebacks in UFC history. His second-round rear naked choke coming after weathering a tough first round against his former TUF housemate. It can be viewed as all the more impressive in retrospect, given that his opponent, Mike King, tested positive for PEDs in the post-fight drug test; a problem that is becoming increasingly common-place in the MMA world. King has been released by the UFC and faces a nine month suspension from MMA. Of the scandal, Pendred stated:
“I have zero tolerance for PEDs in sport. However, I know @MikeTheManKing well from the 6 weeks on TUF & he is a good guy. I wish him well.”
The revelation meant that Cathal Pendred saw his Fight of the Night bonus double as King was required to forfeit his half of the money. After an amazing comeback, and a remarkable post-fight revelation, Pendred added a positive finishing touch to the story by donating a portion of his additional bonus to charity. Via Twitter, he stated that a sum will be going to the Temple St Children’s Hospital in Dublin.
Cathal Pendred joins team mates Gunnar Nelson, Paddy Holohan and Conor McGregor in training for UFC bouts in the near future. Gunnar Nelson is coming off his own Performance of the Night-winning, rear naked choke-submission, UFC Dublin victory to headline UFC Fight Night Sweden, while Holohan goes to Halifax, Canada to take on Louis Gaudinot and McGregor prepares for his fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 on September 27th .