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Pendred Speaks Out On ‘Delayed’ Title Shot; Ready For Carvalho At CWFC 49

Harry Williams caught up with Cathal Pendred, who meets Bruno Carvalho in this weekend's main event in Wales.

Author: Harry Williams (@Harry_Williams)


Next Saturday, Cage Warriors make promotional history as they hold an event in Wales for the first time. In the main event, Cathal Pendred (10-2) takes on the Brazilian Bruno Carvalho.

Less than a week away from the fight, Pendred feels in very good shape after training in another SBG branch around the world, and he is ready to put on a show in St David’s Hall.

“I feel great,” beamed the Irishman. “I'm really looking forward to getting in there now. I have that fire in my belly that only comes around just before my physical fitness peaks. I'm just waiting to unleash it on the 27th.

“I've split my time between SBG in Dublin and Mjolnir in Iceland. I'm training with one of the best stables of professional MMA fighters in Europe. That alone always gives you serious confidence going into a fight.

“I've drilled, rolled, sparred, and have been pushed to my limits for hours everyday for the last couple of months. I just want to get in there now and turn all that hard work into the final product.”

Due to another injury with John Phillips, this bout between Pendred and Carvalho was named as the new main event. Though this is the welterweight’s first time starring in a main event on a show such as Cage Warriors, Cathal doesn’t feel any extra pressure. He explained,

“I haven't really thought about it at all. I'm just concentrating on what I have to do on the night. I could be in the first fight of the card or the last, it doesn't matter to me. I still have the same objective.

“My next fight is always the biggest fight of my career. If it's not, my career is not (isn’t) going in the direction I want it to.”

‘The Punisher’ accepts the challenge awaiting him. However he feels Carvalho won’t be able to manage what Cathal throws his way.

“I think he's a good all rounder and a good test for me,” confessed the Cage Contenders champion. “Although, I know I'm going to be too much for him everywhere.

“I always have some sort of gameplan for each fight, but you also have to be able to adapt to it. The main thing is that I'm coming to fight and impose my will on Bruno from the start.”

A few months ago on Twitter, the 170-pounder tweeted about the current welterweight champion, Gael Grimaud (17-5), wanting to know if he had stopped ‘running’. The 25-year-old feels he stands out from all others in his division and should be next in line for a title shot.

“I wanted to fight for the title because I felt I deserved to,” asserted Pendred. “This will be my fifth time competing on Cage Warriors in less than two years and I'm unbeaten in all of my fights for the promotion. There's no other fighter on the roster that's done that.

“Gael has only had one fight for Cage Warriors this year which is an absolute joke. I'm a fighter and I like fighting, so I was offered his match and I jumped at it. I wasn't going to sit around and wait for the champ to grow a set of nuts, which I doubt will ever happen!”

To round up, the relentless Irishman thanked his training partners at SBGi and those in Iceland, as well as shout outs to John Kavanagh, his strength and conditioning coaches at the Irish Strength Institute and Big Shots Sports Nutrition.

Check out the Cage Warriors 49 Fight Card and come and discuss it with us at www.facebook.com/yourmma.

Image via Cage Warriors/Dolly Clew


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