UFC Welterweight Cathal Pendred released a statement today announcing he will be retiring from MMA due to losing his passion.
Pendred has stated he intends to maintain some involvement in the sport as his love of MMA remains but with no longer wishing to compete he will now be looking to pursue other interests.
The SBG Ireland fighter retires with a record of 17-4-1, Pendred first rose to prominence at UK Promotion Cage Warriors, unbeaten in the promotion he then went on to become a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter 19 on BJ Penn’s team.
Pendred who is a teammate of the Interim Featherweight Champ Conor McGregor, went 4-2 in the UFC and suffered two back to back losses with a first round knockout against Tom Breese and a split decision to John Howard.
Cathal Pendred Official Statement:
I am a passionate person and I always give 100% to what I do. I have been passionate about MMA for a long time and my focus on the sport has been my driving force for the last 9 years.
I now find that my passion is no longer what it was and I feel that it is time for me to move on. I have other interests that I want to pursue. The time is right to close one door and open another. My love of MMA remains with me. I intend to maintain my involvement with the sport, but I no longer wish to compete.
I have developed as a person because of Mixed Martial Arts, as I learned to cope with the disipline and demands of the sport. MMA has made me a stronger person. This strength will carry through into other areas of my life, as I move on to pursue new goals.
I would like to thank all my coaches and team mates for their friendship and support. Thank you to everyone who has followed and supported me on this journey. Indeed thanks to everyone that I met through MMA from start to finish. This chapter of my life wouldn’t have been the same without you.
My participation in competing in MMA has come to an end, but my love for the sport has not. I will maintain my interest in the sport and continue to support my team mates as they follow their dreams.
November 25th 2015