The second episode of the ninteenth season of The Ultimate started with all sixteen of the fighters entering the house, and it wasn’t long before the episode began to focus on the scheduled middleweight fight between Team Penn’s Cathal Pendred and Team Edgar’s Hector Urbina.
Pendred, a training partner of Conor McGregor, talked about how he’s the complete package, and that he’ll win the show. Pendred’s opponent, Urbina, discussed how he believes that Pendred is seriously underestimating him.
Up next is the first training session for Team Penn, which is used to introduced Penn’s coaches. His coaches are Andre Pederneiras, Jason Parillo and Mark Coleman. That is followed by a look into Frankie Edgar’s coaching staff which features Mark Henry for striking, Stephen Rivera for wrestling, Ricardo Almeida for jiu-jitsu and Ali Abdelaziz.
During Edgar’s training session he reflected to the cameras about how being a coach on this show showcases his persistence since he actually tried out (but failed to get on the show) for the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter (the season where Penn coached against Jens Pulver).
UFC President Dana White makes a cameo talking about how fans have been tweeting him about signing Cathal Pendred, and that this is his chance to live up to the hype. Urbina then lets the audience into his world a little bit, reflecting on how much his little brothers inspire him. They have followed in his foot steps, taking up wrestling and football, and he just wants to be a great example for them.
Before the the bout between the Pendred and Urbina, the middleweights weighed in successfully. The highlight of the weigh-in was an intense stare-down between the two competitors, who touched each other with their foreheads. With neither fighter budging, they had to be broken up by the coaches.
The fight took place next, and it concluded after three rounds with Cathal Pendred winning a three-round unanimous decision.
Urbina took the first round thanks to powerful punching combinations, one of which that rocked Pendred, that outweighed the wrestling that Pendred was implementing in that period. Cathal Pendred clearly controlled the fight in the following two periods, suffocating a tired Urbina with his wrestling and controlling the majority of the possessions.
Following the fight, the next fight was announced, and it pits Team Penn’s Dan Spohn against Team Edgar’s Todd Monaghan in a light heavyweight bout.