SBG’s Newest UFC Fighter, Cathal Pendred, Talks About TUF
The whole of SBG, as well as the whole of the Irish MMA community, is abuzz right now in anticipation for the upcoming UFC Fight Night Dublin event. The reason? SBG is home to not one, two or three, but four of the competitors on the evening’s card. Just shy of a month out from the event on July 19th, the latest fighter to sign up, Cathal Pendred, spoke to Peter Carroll of severemma.com about the events that led to his upcoming hometown debut, and his experience on The Ultimate Fighter.
Pendred had a great run on the show, reaching the semi-final of the competition, before a narrow split decision loss to Eddie Gordon signaled his elimination. Despite a dominant first round, a promising start to the second was nullified when an attempted spinning back fist gave his opponent a take-down opening. A frustrating round ended with Cathal Pendred holding his opponent in guard, before a closely contested third deciding round was needed to split the competitors. Despite Dana White himself believing the SBG man had edged it, the decision went against him.
After months of sleepless nights playing through the fight in his head, questioning his decision to throw that one spinning back fist; a back fist that meant a missed opportunity to make a UFC debut in Las Vegas, things have turned from bad to good for Pendred. By doing enough to impress during his time of The Ultimate Fighter, along with his excellent record that includes wins over four UFC veterans, he has ensured that his talents will not go unrewarded; he now makes his UFC debut in one of the fastest selling UFC events of all time, alongside 3 SBG teammates, in his home town of Dublin! It is the stuff dreams are made of.
“A lot of guys make it to the UFC, they put a string of wins together to get in and that’s all they wanted to do, just make it to the big show. I’ve been the most dominant welterweight on the European scene for the last two years.”
Cathal Pendred talks of his signing for the UFC as a huge career milestone, as it would be for any driven fighter. But at the same time, his self-evaluation and criticism haven’t allowed him to get ahead of himself. For Pendred, this isn’t the end of a long, hard road to success, but instead, seems to be just the beginning of a new chapter in his career that he has been anticipating for a long time. Despite a ten fight contract, Pendred knows no things are ever certain, and that every fight needs his all. Be it debutant or UFC champion, it appears Pendred doesn’t intend for his status in the organization, or MMA world, to alter his internal goals.
“I’m my own biggest critic. Out of all the fights I’ve had, I’ve never been unbelievably satisfied about the actual performances… People are always talking about learning from their losses. If I only learned from my losses, I’ve only had two, I wouldn’t know anything. I need to learn from victories so I pick them apart.”
“Even when I have a UFC belt wrapped around my waist I’m still going to be trying to improve every day.”
Pendred signing for the UFC seems both a direct result of, and side note in, his ongoing quest for perfection. Be it a ten or four fight contract, Pendred is focused on the same goals he has always had. For his fight with Mike King, instead of concerning himself with the preparations of his opponent, Cathal is directing his focus on himself, in a constant attempt to perfect his game. While the name of Cathal Pendred is likely to be mentioned more now than ever before, his ability to be his own worst critic should stand him in good stead, and ensure he reaches the very best of his abilities.
Cathal Pendred is currently training in Iceland with SBG teammates Connor McGregor, Gunnar Nelson and Paddy Holohan. To read the full article, click the link below: