Pendred’s name may not jump out as readily as that of his brash teammate, Conor McGregor, but his record speaks for itself. Pendred enters the fight with Umalatov with a 14-2-1 record, having won his Octagon debut in Dublin by defeating fellow The Ultimate Fighter 19 competitor Mike King by rear naked choke.
Pendred hasn’t lost in his last nine official outings, winning eight of the nine and drawing in another. TUF bouts are considered exhibition bouts since they break from the standard round structure and don’t count on a fighters official record.
He’ll face a tough sophomore bout in the Octagon, as Umalatov (15-3-1) is coming off of a unanimous-decision victory over Paulo Thiago.
“Straight after the last fight I was thinking about what’s next for me,” said Pendred on Friday. “I knew that Stockholm was next in Europe and I’ve always wanted to go there and it’s perfect timing for my next fight. I made it known that I was interested and I’m really pleased I got it.
“It’s a good matchup,” he continued. “(Umalatov) has a good record and he is an exciting fighter. But I never overanalyze the opposition; I prefer to focus on myself.”
On Thursday, a welterweight battle between Gunnar Nelson and Rick Story was announced as the UFC Fight Night Stockholm headliner.
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