BULLET DODGED FOR CATHAL; UFC 188; Undefeated Pendred grinds out victory against gun-shy Mexican.
Byline: PETER CARROLL
CATHAL Pendred was unimpressed with his performance at UFC 188 on Saturday night, despite taking his record to 4-0 with a unanimous decision win over Augusto 'Dodger' Montano.
The Mexican stayed true to his Dodger nickname, showing a reluctance to exchange with the Irishman throughout the contest.
Such was Pendred's frustration he pleaded with his opponent to exchange with him by dropping his hands down by his side as the action was under way in the first round.
It was Pendred's grappling which won him the fight as he took down Montano on four occasions over the three rounds. Despite being widely acclaimed for his striking, the SBG fighter out struck the Mexico City battler who was on the back foot throughout the encounter.
Pendred retained his unbeaten UFC record but having spent six weeks in Mexico in preparation for his clash with Montano, the Dubliner confessed he was disappointed with his performance having invested so much in the contest.
The former CageWarriors welterweight champion claimed he was hoping to make a big impression at UFC 188 to force himself into the "upper echelons" of UFC's welterweight division.
"I was expecting a much better fight," said Pendred.
"Better from myself and better from my opponent. I'm bitterly disappointed especially because of the emphasis I've put on this camp.
"I wanted to show up and put on an emphatic performance to announce myself in the upper echelons of the division."
The Irish welterweight criticised Montano's game plan for the bout. After studying the Mexican ahead of the fight in Mexico City, Pendred insisted he was expecting a far more aggressive opponent and was forced to adapt to the gun shy version of Montano.
Pendred added: "Looking at his fights before this one, he looked like a really aggressive fighter. In those fights he came out swinging, all guns blazing. That's the fight I prepared for, but it didn't happen. I had to adapt to the situation, I tried to stalk him but I found it very difficult. It was very frustrating."
Pendred declared interest in fighting on the UFC's Dublin show, rumoured to be taking place in the 3 Arena in October, and would be looking at a big step up in competition in the Irish capital should the event go ahead.
AND STILL UNBEATEN Cathal Pendred's hand is raised in victory in the Arena
Ciudad de Mexico on Saturday night
CAUGHT CLEAN Pendred lands a right hand on Montano's chin on Saturday