UFC Dublin has gotten off to a bad start for the Irish, as hometown hero Cathal Pendred has been brutally bludgeoned to a first round defeat by undefeated Englishman Tom Breese.
The talented Breese has been highly touted by many within the MMA media, and the Tristar fighter justified the hype by becoming the first man to stop the tough Irish welterweight in the UFC.
Breese looked absolutely huge, even in comparison to the former middleweight, Pendred. Size, however, was not the deciding factor in this brief contest.
Breese’s boxing, which was talked up by the commentary team prior to the fight, looked sensational. He moved with fluidity, throwing slick counters and beautiful combinations. He seemed to break Pendred’s nose very early-on, as the Dublin fighter was bleeding profusely for almost the entire bout.
Though it was Breese’s boxing that allowed the 24-year-old to control the fight, it was a kick that played the biggest role in Pendred’s demise. A left roundhouse to the body visibly bothered Cathal, who backed off in discomfort, allowing Breese to land clean shots, first on the feet, and then to his grounded foe.
The referee was given little choice but to save a bloodied Pendred from further punishment.