Cathal Pendred Looks For A Fifth UFC Win in Twelve Months
Cathal Pendred to Fight Jon Howard At UFC 189
Two weeks ago SBG Ireland’s Cathal Pendred had his arm raised inside the UFC Octagon for the fourth straight time, defeating Augusto Montano by unanimous decision in his opponent’s hometown of Mexico City. Despite the headline result, it was a thoroughly frustrating evening for Pendred, who had hoped to make a more emphatic statement for fight fans. Immediately after the fight, Pendred was in search of his next opponent – still eager to put on the display he believes his ability warrants. Pendred will have the chance to make that statement next month, as he joins the UFC 189 card on July 11th in Las Vegas.
Five UFC Fights in Twelve Months
Cathal Pendred will take on Jon Howard at the MGM Grand next month – his Vegas debut in a UFC career that has seen him win as far and wide as Dublin, Stockholm, Boston and Mexico City. By taking his next fight only a few short weeks after his win in Mexico, Pendred will join a very small group of fighters who have managed to compete in five fights in one year. By winning, he will join just two fighters who have won five fights in their first twelve months in the UFC (Chris Leben in 2006 and Roger Huerta in 2007). Win or lose, it is testament to the desire and work-ethic of Cathal Pendred, who, despite frustrations, is tireless in his pursuit of perfection.
A Frustrating Night In Mexico
Despite securing a fourth victory at UFC 188, Pendred told severemma.com:
“I wanted to make an impression against Montano and I felt I was denied the opportunity to do it… I got nothing out of that fight… Everything was against me. It was in his hometown, the altitude was against me and the support was against me. The way he fought still baffles me. I don’t know what the hell happened to him. I didn’t make the impression and I wanted to, so I figured I may as well get straight back in there.”
The ‘bafflement’ Pendred mentions is in reference to the fact the usually aggressive Montano, who has finished the vast majority of his fights in the first round, had to be warned by referee Herb Dean to stop evading his opponent and engage, lest he be deducted a point. It was an approach that led to frustration not only for Pendred, but for the fans, who let out a chorus of boos as the fight drew to a close.
Three SBG Ireland Fights on the UFC 189 Card
Cathal Pendred will join two SBG teammates on the fight card come July 11th. UFC 189 has been tipped as potentially the biggest night in UFC history ever since its main event was announced earlier this year. The reason for such a huge statement is none other than the presence of SBG Ireland’s Conor McGregor in that main event. While there is now doubt over whether Jose Aldo will be able to face McGregor, the #1 contender will no doubt put on a show against whoever he faces. Meanwhile, Gunnar Nelson faces Brandon Thatch, after his previous opponent John Hathaway withdrew with an injury. It’ll be Nelson’s first fight since he suffered the first loss of his career against Rick Story last October.