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The Irish invasion of UFC Fight Night 59 continues with the announcement that another Dubliner, Cathal Pendred will feature on the card which will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Pendred will take on American Sean Spencer in a three round welterweight bout. Both Pendred and Spencer go into the fight on the back of wins over Russia’s Gasan Umalatov and Brazil’s Paulo Thiago respectively and both fighters will undoubtedly be looking to continue their winning streak in Boston.

Pendred will join fellow SBG teammates Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, who headlines the event on January 18th against Germany’s Dennis Siver, and Paddy “The Hooligan” Holohan, who takes on American veteran Shane Howell.

On accepting the fight, Pendred said: “Boston is my birth place; my parents were working in Boston when I was born in ’87 and I lived there until I was four.

“This is a dream come true. I haven’t been back since I left and to be making my return there to fight in the UFC, it’s like something out of a movie.

“The people of Boston won’t need to adopt me, I am one of them. The city is in rich in Irish heritage. Nearly every person from Boston has some sort of Irish roots.”

With three Irish fighters, as well as Northern Ireland’s Norman “Stormin” Parke, now confirmed for UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON, it is anticipated that Irish and Northern Irish fans will travel to Boston in their masses to show their support for their home country heroes.

“This will be like UFC Dublin part two.” said Pendred. “I can see 3,000 or 4,000 people flying over from Dublin to this event. The rest will be made up mainly of people from Boston who are Irish-Americans. That Irish passion will be present in the crowd just like in July, except there will be twice as many in attendance.”

And Pendred plans to put in a show stopping performance on the night in front of his home fans. “I don’t really know much about Sean Spencer, and I don’t really care. I’m going over there to make a statement and put on a performance for everyone.


Updated UFC Fight Night 59 fight card:

Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver

Eddie Alvarez vs. Benson Henderson

Jorge Masvidal vs. Norman Parke

Uriah Hall vs. Costas Philippou

Zhang Lipeng vs. Chris Wade

Sean O’Connell vs. Matt Van Buren

John Howard vs. Lorenz Larkin

Paddy Holohan vs. Shane Howell

Cathal Pendred vs.  Sean Spencer