Irishman Cathal Pendred took his record inside the UFC’s octagon to 4-0 tonight with a unanimous decision victory over Augusto “Dodger” Montano at UFC 188 in Mexico City.
“Dodger” lived up his nickname and moved away from Pendred for most of the first round, causing the Irishman to throw his hands up in the air and ask his opponent to engage. After the round ended referee Herb Dean warned Montano that if he kept on refusing to engage he would have a point taken for timidity.
At the start of the second round Montano landed a right hand behind the ear and dropped Pendred momentarily but the Irishman pushed forward and secured a takedown. From top position he landed ground and pound and had the Mexican in danger with an unorthodox neck tie before Montano was able to get his neck free.
The third round was pretty uneventful with the high altitude seeming to have taken it’s toll on both fighters, moreso Montano. The Mexican fans voiced their displeasure at the lack of engagement by booing during and then again as the horn sounded at the end of the fight.
All three judges scored the bout 29-28 in favour of SBG Ireland’s Cathal Pendred.