Cathal Pendred Faces Gasan Umalatov At UFC Sweden


Following the announcement that Gunnar Nelson will headline the latest UFC event in Stockholm, Sweden on October 4th, today it emerged his SBG teammate Cathal Pendred will also be fighting on the card in his return to welterweight against Russian Gasan Umalatov.

Pendred (14-2-1) is a former Cage Warriors welterweight champion and drops back down to 170 pounds following a stint in middleweight due to his participation in the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter. On the show, Pendred lost a controversial decision to eventual winner Eddie Gordan before defeating Team Penn teammate Mike King in one of the greatest comebacks in UFC history at Dublin on July 19th. The Dubliner has spoken about his desire to return to his natural weight division and now gets the opportunity against Gasan Umalatov.

Umalatov (15-3-1) is 1-1 in the UFC having lost to Neil Magny in his debut before defeating veteran Paolo Thiago in Brazil on May 31st. The Russian is a tough grappler with seven career wins via submission and has never been finished.

Pendred said in a UFC press release; “Straight after the last fight I was thinking about what’s next for me. I knew that Stockholm was next in Europe and I’ve always wanted to go there and it’s perfect timing for my next fight. I made it known that I was interested and I’m really pleased I got it.”

“It’s a good matchup. He has a good record and he is an exciting fighter. But I never overanalyze the opposition; I prefer to focus on myself.” Pendred went on to say.

The event takes place at the Ericsson Globe arena in Stockholm, Sweden on October 4th with tickets going on sale August 22nd. Gunnar Nelson vs Rick Story headlines the card with a number of other fight already announced.

UFC Sweden Announced Bouts.

Gunnar Nelson vs. Rick Story
Nico Musoke vs. Amir Sadollah
Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson
Ernest Chavez vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Dennis Siver vs. Robert Whiteford
Cathal Pendred vs. Gasan Umalatov
Jan Blachowicz vs. Ilir Latifi
Marcin Bandel vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Scott Askham vs. Magnus Cedenblad

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