Straight Blast Gym Ireland Going to Boston
Pendred and Holohan join Conor McGregor at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs Siver
January 18th, 2015 will see Straight Blast Gym packing another UFC card. Conor McGregor is already scheduled to headline the UFC Fight Night event in Boston’s TD Garden, and he will once again be joined by his SBG teammates Cathal Pendred and Paddy Holohan. The last time the three were on the same card, all three walked away with impressive victories – McGregor picking up a first round TKO victory over Diego Brandao, while Pendred and Holohan scored submission wins over Mike King and Josh Sampo respectively. That night was, of course, UFC Fight Night 46 in Dublin – a life-changing event for all involved. Conor McGregor picked up the Performance of the Night bonus that night (along with teammate Gunnar Nelson), while Cathal Pendred earned himself the Fight of the Night bonus. It was, without a doubt, a dominant clean sweep by Straight Blast Gym.
It is no surprise then that the SBG fighters are eager to do the same in a town that will call the Irishmen their own. In fact, in the case of Cathal Pendred, he is already one of their own. Prior to moving to Ireland, Pendred was born in Boston and spent the first four years of his life there. This will be his first time returning to the city, and what a home-coming it will be! Pendred will be competing against Sean Spencer (MMA record 12-3-0), but, like previous fights, Pendred has stated he is focusing on his own training and development as oppose to concerning himself with his competition. It is a method that has seen him pick up two dramatic wins in his first two UFC contests – his Fight of the Night victory against Mike King being followed up with a split decision win over Gasan Umalatov in Sweden last month.
Meanwhile, Paddy Holohan will be facing off against Shane Howell in Boston. Paddy is excited by the prospect of his contest in Boston, and quite rightly expects the fans to be firmly in his corner in January:
“I’m so happy to be a part of the UFC card in Boston… We are going to recreate the same atmosphere we had in Dublin; it’ll be Dublin in Boston. As I always say to the fans, I’m one of them and I know with the Boston crowd it will be the same, like home away from home. I know I’m the job to start that party over in Boston.”
It is the perfect opportunity for Holohan to get back to winning ways. He was undefeated entering the UFC, before scoring impressively on his UFC debut in Dublin, which was unfortunately followed up with a decision loss against Chris Kelades in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Despite the defeat, Holohan did enough for the contest to be awarded the Fight of the Night bonus. Holohan’s opponent, Shane Howell (MMA record 13-8-0) lost his UFC debut back in June, and will have his own point to prove come January. Unfortunately for him, it seems he will not just be competing against the excellent Paddy Holohan, but also the SBG fighter’s thousands of fans; both those native to Boston, and those making the trip over from Ireland!