UFC Dublin Preview – Cathal Pendred vs. Mike King

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With just days to go until UFC Dublin we here at SevereMMA want to get you more familiar with some of the fighters on show with a series of profiles on each bout. From first prelim to the main event this card is full of quality mixed matrial artists with interesing careers. Next up is the middleweight bout between Ireland’s own Cathal Pendred and American Mike King.

Cathal Pendred

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Nickname: The Punisher
Twitter: @PendredMMA
Record: 13 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw.
Age: 26
Height: 6’2”
Notable wins: Nicholas Musoke (June 2011), Che Mills (June 2013)
Notable losses: Lee Chadwick (December 2010)
Facts and Stats: Former schools rugby star, former Cage Warriors welterweight champion, unbeaten professionally since 2010.
Strengths: Never-say-die attitude, control in the clinch and on the ground, cardio.
Weaknesses: Coming off of a long lay off, fighting above optimum weight class, gets into tough situations in fights.
Keys to victory: Take the centre of the Octagon, push the pace, clinch and get takedowns.


 

Mike King

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Nickname: The Man
Twitter: @MikeTheManKing
Record: 5-0
Age: 30
Height: 6’3”
Notable wins: Colby Tierney (December 2011)
Notable losses: Unbeaten
Facts and Stats: Former collegiate American football player, teammate of Pendred on TUF season 19, has won all five professional fights inside the distance
Strengths: Leg kicks, wrestling, finishing fights.
Weaknesses: Coming off of a long lay off, boxing, inexperience.
Keys to victory: Keep it at long range, don’t clinch against the cage, get takedowns.

 

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