Each weekend, there is someone in the mixed martial arts world that makes a statement that may get overlooked amongst the casual fans. Instead of looking at UFC, Bellator MMA or Invicta events, The MMA Corner will look around the regional and international scene in search of the weekend’s big winner.

This weekend, our focus is on Cathal Pendred, who defeated Che Mills at Cage Warriors 55 by corner stoppage in the third round.

The bout was expected to be for Pendred’s welterweight title, but with Mills missing weight the day prior to the fight, it was ruled a three-round, non-title fight. Pendred controlled Mills the opening two rounds by earning takedowns, which led to strikes and submission attempts on the ground. In the third, Pendred mounted Mills and the bout was stopped soon after with Mills complaining of a shoulder injury and his corner throwing in the towel on his behalf.

Pendred has been on a roll as of late, winning his last four bouts against quality opponents such as David Bielkheden, Bruno Carvalho, Gael Grimaud and, now, Mills. With the run he is on, Pendred is sending a statement to the entire MMA community, most notably the UFC.

Following his win on Saturday, Pendred stated,”Who wants to see me fight in the UFC on Aug. 17 in Boston? Let me hear you! Let’s go Dana, baby!” The Irishman is certainly trying to get the attention of UFC President Dana White, and rightfully so.

Pendred may have already had the resume to earn a spot in the UFC by being a champion in one of the top international organizations, but with a win over someone like Mills, who has competed and won two fights inside the Octagon, he could get his wish sooner than later.

There’s no doubt Pendred would be a great addition to the UFC roster for multiple reasons.

You have to start with his skill set. Pendred is known as “The Punisher,” which fits him well considering that six of his 13 wins have come by knockout. But not only does he have power in his hands, Pendred also has the cardio to go five rounds, as shown in his fight with Grimaud where he won the belt. He also stands at 6-foot-2, which is tall for a welterweight who could pose threats to many 170-pound fighters in the UFC.

Second, “The Punisher” is just 25 years old and in the prime of his career. Pendred has fought 16 times since making his professional debut in 2009, so there are no concerns when it comes to experience.

Last, Pendred would provide an added boost in helping promote the UFC in Europe. Fighters such as Alexander Gustafsson, Michael Bisping and Pendred’s SBG Ireland teammate Conor McGregor, to name a few, have already helped sell out events overseas, and a well-known name in Ireland, such as that of Pendred, would help further the expansion.

The future of the CWFC welterweight champion is bright. He could be trading in his belt for a UFC contract in the future. Pendred will more than likely make a splash in the Octagon, much like other Europeans have since being signed.

Photo: Cathal Pendred (Mick Bower/Sherdog)

About The Author

Corey Adams
Staff Writer

Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.