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Cathal Pendred is an Irish actor. He is also a retired mixed martial artist who competed in Ultimate Fighting Championship's Welterweight division. He was the Cage Warriors Welterweight World Champion.

Cathal Pendred
Cathal Pendred.jpg
Pendred weighing in at UFC Fight Night Dublin 2014
Born (1987-09-02) 2 September 1987 (age 31)
CitizenshipUS, Ireland
EducationDublin City University
Alma materBelvedere College
Years active2013-present (actor)
2009-2015 (mixed martial artist)
Home townDublin, Ireland
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]



Pendred was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Irish immigrant parents,[4] when he was four years old he moved to Dublin, Ireland with his parents where he was raised alongside a younger brother and two younger sisters.[5] Pendred competed in rugby growing up and was talented, winning the Leinster Schools Senior Cup.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Pendred started his professional career in 2009. He became the number one ranked welterweight in Ireland during 2010 after winning the national title. In March 2013 he became the Cage Warriors Welterweight Champion after beating the title holder Gael Grimaud in London, England.[6]

The Ultimate FighterEdit

Pendred was selected as a cast members of the nineteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter on 25 March 2014.[7] He was then chosen as the third pick for the middleweights on coach BJ Penn's team.

In the quarter-final rounds, Pendred fought Team Edgar middleweight Urbina. Pendred defeated Urbina by decision after three rounds. Pendred fought Eddie Gordon in the semi-finals. He lost the bout by a split decision.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Pendred faced Team Penn teammate Mike King at middleweight on 19 July 2014 at UFC Fight Night 46. He was victorious via second round submission.[8] The win earned him 'Fight of the Night' honours along with Mike King. However, King would also later go on to fail the drug test which resulted in his half of the bonus going to Pendred.

Pendred dropped to the welterweight division where he fought Gasan Umalatov on 4 October 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story. He defeated Umalatov by split decision.[9]

Pendred next faced Sean Spencer on 18 January 2015 at UFC Fight Night 59.[10] Pendred won the fight by a controversial unanimous decision.[11] Both Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg had felt Spencer had dominated the fight and declared on air how baffling the decision was; later UFC president Dana White echoed this sentiment on air. Likewise, all 15 major MMA media outlets scored the fight in favour of Spencer.[12][13]

Pendred faced Augusto Montaño on 13 June 2015 at UFC 188.[14] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[15] Montaño tested positive for testosterone metabolites in the post-fight drug test.[16]

Pendred faced John Howard as a short notice replacement on 11 July 2015 at UFC 189.[17] He lost the fight via split decision.[18]

Pendred next faced Tom Breese on 24 October 2015 at UFC Fight Night 76.[19] Pendred lost the fight by TKO in the first round.[20]

Pendred announced his retirement from MMA on 25 November 2015.[21]

Acting careerEdit

On 23 May 2017, it was announced that Pendred had been cast in a lead role in the Amazon produced TV series Lore, which is based on the popular podcast of the same name. Pendred will play Michael Cleary, a real-life character from Irish folklore in the horror anthology series. Michael is married to the younger Bridget (played by Holland Roden).[22] When Bridget starts making more money than he does, and starts questioning his decisions, Michael is convinced that his loving wife has been replaced by a changeling.[23] Lore premiered on 13 October 2017.[24]

Personal lifeEdit

Pendred was educated in Belvedere College, Dublin and won a Leinster Senior Cup medal in 2005 alongside future Irish internationals Cian Healy and Ian Keatley.[25]

Pendred attended Dublin City University where he studied forensics, he graduated with a BSc degree in Analytical Science in 2012.[26]

In April 2014 Cathal was pictured carrying a baby dolphin into the ocean. The dolphin had become beached and was unable to return to deep enough water on its own. A picture was taken with the dolphin in Cathal's arms as he carried it into the sea, this picture went viral soon after the incident. Subsequently the story was reported across the globe.[27]

Mr Pendred was announced as a franchisee for the healthy food company "Chopped" in November.[28]

Other endeavorsEdit

Cathal was the subject of a 2013 MTV UK mini-documentary entitled "Pendred".[29]

In 2015 Pendred became the first UFC fighter to support an anti-domestic violence group.[30] He spearheaded a campaign which promoted the positive influence men can play in stopping domestic abuse of women and children. The campaign involved the release of a powerful YouTube video in which Pendred spoke about the role men can play in preventing abuse.[31]



Year Title Role Notes
2016 Split Enforcer Also stunt player
2016 Jack Taylor: In Purgatory Xavier
2017 Cardboard Gangsters Security Officer
2017 My Name Is Lenny Roofie
2017 Release Marcus
2018 Black Water Dax
2019 The Corrupted Gerry Dwyer Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Ripper Street Phillip Guest role; 2 episodes
2013 Pendred Himself 1 episode; (MTV UK production)
2016 Ray Donovan Joxy Maguire Episode: "The Texan"
2017 Into the Badlands Rafferty Guest role; 2 episodes
2017 Lore Michael Cleary Episode: "Black Stockings"
2018 Strike Back Anton Krupin Episode: #6.10
2018 Magnum P.I. Wade Steuben Guest role; 2 episodes

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
22 matches 17 wins 4 losses
By knockout 6 2
By submission 1 1
By decision 10 1
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–4–1 Tom Breese TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Holohan vs. Smolka 24 October 2015 1 4:37 Dublin, Ireland
Loss 17–3–1 John Howard Decision (split) UFC 189 11 July 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–2–1 Augusto Montaño Decision (unanimous) UFC 188 13 June 2015 3 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 16–2–1 Sean Spencer Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver 18 January 2015 3 5:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 15–2–1 Gasan Umalatov Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story 4 October 2014 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 14–2–1 Mike King Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao 19 July 2014 2 3:33 Dublin, Ireland Middleweight bout. Fight of the Night.
Win 13–2–1 Che Mills TKO (corner stoppage) CWFC 55 1 June 2013 3 1:47 Dublin, Ireland Non-title fight; Mills missed weight (170.7 lbs).
Win 12–2–1 Gael Grimaud Decision (unanimous) CWFC 52 9 March 2013 5 5:00 London, England Won the CWFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 11–2–1 Bruno Carvalho Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors: 49 27 October 2012 3 5:00 Cardiff, Wales
Win 10–2–1 David Bielkheden Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors: 47 2 June 2012 3 5:00 Dublin, Ireland
Draw 9–2–1 Danny Mitchell Draw Cage Warriors: Fight Night 2 8 September 2011 3 5:00 Amman, Jordan
Win 9–2 Nico Musoke Decision (unanimous) OT: On Top 2 18 June 2011 2 5:00 Glasgow, Scotland OTP Welterweight Tournament Semi-final, Withdrew from final against Steven Ray and was replaced by Misoke
Win 8–2 Vladimir Malko TKO (punches) Cage Warriors: 42 28 May 2011 2 3:14 Cork City, Ireland
Win 7–2 Liam Shannon TKO (punches) Cage Contender 8 12 March 2011 3 2:03 Dublin, Ireland Defended the Cage Contender Welterweight Championship.
Loss 6–2 Lee Chadwick TKO (punches) OMMAC 8 4 December 2010 1 0:27 Liverpool, England Middleweight bout.
Win 6–1 Jamie Rogers Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors 39: The Uprising 27 November 2010 3 5:00 Cork City, Ireland
Win 5–1 Yuri Malko TKO (punches) TNP: Boiling Points 28 August 2010 1 0:00 Wexford, Ireland
Win 4–1 Liam Shannon Decision (unanimous) Cage Contender 5 24 July 2010 3 5:00 Dublin, Ireland Won the Cage Contender Welterweight Championship.
Win 3–1 Jonny Shiels Decision (unanimous) Cage Contender 4 1 May 2010 3 5:00 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 2–1 Merv Mulholland TKO (punches) KO: The Fight Before Christmas 2 2 December 2009 2 4:02 Dublin, Ireland
Loss 1–1 Ronan McKay Submission (triangle armbar) Immortal Fighting Championship 1 19 September 2009 3 0:00 Strabane, Northern Ireland
Win 1–0 Attila Horvarth TKO (punches) Strabane Fight Team: Fight Night 2 21 February 2009 1 0:38 Strabane, Northern Ireland Middleweight bout.

Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–1 Eddie Gordon Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn 18 June 2014 (airdate) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 19 semi-final round.
Win 1–0 Hector Urbina Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn 23 April 2014 (airdate) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 19 preliminary round.

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b "Fight Card - UFC 188 Velasquez vs. Werdum". Archived from the original on 13 June 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
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  5. ^ "Back to Beantown: Cathal Pendred on His Boston Beginnings". Fightland. Archived from the original on 28 December 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  6. ^ Head, Simon (12 March 2013). "Irish Eyes are Smiling: Cathal Pendred Defeats Gael Grimaud to Claim Cage Warriors Welterweight World Title". Mirror. Archived from the original on 3 February 2015.
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  10. ^ Sanchez, Josh. "Cathal Pendred vs. Sean Spencer Set For UFC Boston". Fansided. Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
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  16. ^ "Augusto Montano fails UFC 188 drug test after loss to Pendred, suspended one year". MMAjunkie. Archived from the original on 18 July 2015.
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  19. ^ Staff (3 August 2015). "Ireland vs. England: Cathal Pendred meets Tom Breese at UFC Fight Night 76 in Dublin". Archived from the original on 4 August 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
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  22. ^ Petski, Denise (31 May 2017). "'Lore': Holland Roden Set As Lead In Amazon Horror Anthology Series". Archived from the original on 6 September 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  23. ^ Petski, Denise (23 May 2017). "'Lore': Cathal Pendred Set As A Lead In Amazon Horror Anthology Series". Archived from the original on 31 August 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  24. ^ Eric McAdams (29 August 2017). "Watch the Trailer for Lore, Amazon's Creepy New Show". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 29 August 2017.[permanent dead link]
  25. ^ "'My name's Cazzer not Cathal ' - How teenagers Cathal Pendred and Cian Healy nearly came to blows".
  26. ^ "Hard-hitting: Cathal Pendred is chasing the UFC dream".
  27. ^ "MMA Fighter Cathal Pendred Hailed a Hero for Trying to Save a Dying Dolphin". Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  28. ^ "MMA star Cathal Pendred opens biggest Chopped to date -". Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  29. ^ "Video: Cathal Pendred's documentary with MTV UK". Archived from the original on 21 June 2015.
  30. ^ "VIDEO: Cathal Pendred wants you to 'man up' in powerful anti-domestic violence campaign -". Archived from the original on 20 February 2018. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
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