Impressive Finish For Robert Whiteford at UFC Glasgow
Scot Robert Whiteford made a big statement last night as the UFC debuted in his native country. The fans there have been waiting for years for the "big show" to roll into town, and they got their wish granted in style due to a clean slate for the Scottish fighters on the bill. All three victorious UFC Glasgow Scots were part of the Dinky Ninja Fight Team; Whiteford, Joanne Calderwood and Steven Ray. Whiteford in particular, who is sponsored by our partners at Tenacity via Fightstore Pro, showed what the steely Scottish grit was all about as he ploughed into Irishman Paul Redmond to get a first round TKO. Redmond was always in the fight, looking to move forward and use his pressure against an equally tenacious Whiteford, but the Scot began to find his timing much more as the round wore on. A vicious left hand sent Redmond to the canvas and heavy ground and pound sealed the deal. “I’m on top of Scotland right now, never mind the world," said Whiteford after the win, which also saw him launch himself into the jubilant crowd. "Emotions came over me at the end and I was going to start crying. I didn’t want to cry in front of 11,000 people so I was out of there and over the fence and into the crowd. Even the guys here said the hairs on the backs of their necks were standing up on end when we heard the crowd. My coach Conan at American Top Team told me to enjoy the moment and embrace it. As soon as I got out there I soaked it all up and it was absolutely amazing. Just so, so amazing." Whiteford now moves to 2-1 inside the Octagon and gets his first UFC finish. With the great outing he and his fellow Scots had, combined with a very receptive crowd, the UFC will no doubt not wait all that long for a return. It was hinted at 2017, but there could be a possibility of a 2016 return if the chips fall in the right place. If you want to check out the Tenacity Clothing that Whiteford endorses, click HERE for a great range of shorts, rashguards, bags and much more.
- Jay Furness