Tuesday 16 October 2018

Controversial win for Cathal Pendred in Boston

18 January 2015; Cathal Pendred celebrates after defeating Sean Spencer in their welterweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Cathal Pendred v Sean Spencer, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
18 January 2015; Cathal Pendred celebrates after defeating Sean Spencer in their welterweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Cathal Pendred v Sean Spencer, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Cathal Pendred celebrates after defeating Sean Spencer in their welterweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Cathal Pendred v Sean Spencer, TD Garden, Boston
Pendred, right, in action against Sean Spencer

Cathal Pendred made it two out of two for the Irish with a controversial, unanimous, decision over Sean Spencer in the welterweight division.

Spencer looked like he had done enough to beat the Irishman and some commentators were left shocked when Pendred was announced as the unanimous winner on the three judges' scorecards, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27.

UFC commentator Joe Rogan said: "I don't know what to say, I just saw someone getting robbed."

Dana White agreed: "Yeah, I agree. That was terrible."

Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout
Cathal Pendred celebrates after defeating Sean Spencer in their welterweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Cathal Pendred v Sean Spencer, TD Garden, Boston
Holohan, right, in action against Shane Howell
18 January 2015; Conor McGregor, celebrates defeating Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
McGregor, right, in action against Dennis Siver. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Conor McGregor, left, in action against Dennis Siver. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
McGregor, left, in action against Dennis Siver. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Conor McGregor, after defeating Dennis Siver in the second round of their bout. UFC Fight Night, Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Pendred, right, in action against Sean Spencer
Cathal Pendred celebrates after defeating Sean Spencer in their welterweight bout. UFC Fight Night
Paddy Holohan celebrates his unanimous decision victory over Shane Howell following their flyweight bout
Paddy Holohan makes his way to the octagon ahead of his flyweight bout with Shane Howell
Paddy Holohan, left, in action against Shane Howell during their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Paddy Holohan v Shane Howell, TD Garden, Boston
18 January 2015; Paddy Holohan celebrates his unanimous decision victory over Shane Howell following their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Paddy Holohan v Shane Howell, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Holohan, above, in action against Shane Howell during their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Paddy Holohan v Shane Howell, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Tateki Matsuda, right, in action against Joby Sanchez during their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Tateki Matsuda v Joby Sanchez, TD Garden, Boston
Norman Parke, left, in action against Gleison Tibau during their lightweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Norman Parke v Gleison Tibau, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Irish UFC fans Kristie Spencer and Paul Smith, Washington DC, ahead of Conor McGregor's fight at the TD Garden, Boston
Cathal Pendred, left, in action against Sean Spencer during their welterweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Cathal Pendred v Sean Spencer, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
18 January 2015; Paddy Holohan, above, in action against Shane Howell during their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Paddy Holohan v Shane Howell, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Family of Conor McGregor, from left, niece Taylor, girlfriend Dee Devlin, and parents Margaret and Tony at UFC Fight Night featuring Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver at the TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
18 January 2015; Paddy Holohan, left, in action against Shane Howell during their flyweight bout. UFC Fight Night, Paddy Holohan v Shane Howell, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Matt Van Buren, right, in action against Sean O'Connell during their light heavyweight bout

Pendred took three solid punches to the head in the first round as Spencer looked for an early finish but Pendred recovered well to see out the end of the round.

Such was the ferocity of Spencer's attack in the first round, Pendred needed to reassure the doctor that he was ok to fight on.

The Irshman faired better in the second as he pushed for a take down and at one stage it looked like that would come when he had Spencer in a leg lock only for Spencer to free himself.

Round three was an even affair as Pendred pushed on but failed to connect with the numerous combinations he threw.

With Spencer poised to raise his arms in celebration, Pendred was announced as the unanimous winner, much to the delight of the majority of the Boston crowd.

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