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Last July, Cathal Pendred went into his UFC debut in Dublin with more than just a point to prove.
The Irish welterweight had gone over a year without a competitive bout due to his participation on The Ultimate Fighter. For the Dubliner, his long awaited debut was not just a chance to showcase his ability to an international audience, it was also simply a chance for him to “make some money to continue living normally.”
“There’s definitely a different feel to this event,” he remembered. “It’s no secret how screwed I was financially heading into the last Dublin card for my debut. There was a long lay off from The Ultimate Fighter and that made things even worse for me. It was the longest lay off the series had ever had. I was out of action for nearly a year. I was in a pretty bad way. I was desperate to get in there and compete, but I was also desperate to get in there and make some money to continue living normally. That’s the biggest difference.”
Since that historic night in the Irish capital, Pendred has had his hand raised on three more occasions, clocking up a ….View original article