Article

Cathal Pendred: Rugby Star To MMA Contender

Before he faces Gasan Umalatov at UFC Fight Nigh Stockholm on October 4th, rising Irish welterweight Cathal Pendred talked to The Metro.

A teenager rugby player who won the prestigious Leinster Schools Cup, Pendred was a contemporary of professionals like Cian Healy and Eoin O’Malley, and can count Luke Fitzgerald among his opponents.

However, despite the unusual route to MMA, he says his personal transition to fight in the Octagon felt natural.

‘MMA combined all the aspects I loved from rugby,’ he tells me.

‘I loved the one-on-one. I would pick out a guy on the opposition team and aim to beat him, to spoil his game.’

Full Interview in Metro.co.uk.

Watch Past Fights

Media

Recente
UFC commentator Jimmy Smith previews Fight Night Orlando's pivotal main event bout between Josh Emmett and Jeremy Stephens.
21-feb-2018
Presented by Modelo Especial, the official beer of UFC.
21-feb-2018
Check out Jeremy Stephens impressive knockout victory over Marcus Davis before Stephens faces off with Josh Emmett at Fight Night Orlando.
21-feb-2018
UFC Connected is a monthly magazine show that profiles the fighters and events from the worlds leading MMA promotion. In this episode we ‘Take 5’ with UFC analyst Dan Hardy and find out what European fighters he believes are ones to watch in 2018.
20-feb-2018