Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cathal Pendred retires from MMA

Cathal Pendred (17-4-1) announced his retirement today on social media. The Irish fighter has usually been on the same card as Conor McGregor and lost his last two fights in the UFC.  At 28-years-old most fighters are in their physical prime, but Pendred cited lack of desire to compete as his reason for calling it a career.

“I now find 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”-Cathal Pendred

Pendred received a lot of negativity over his decision win against Sean Spencer back at UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston, when it seemed Spencer won the judges favored Pendred who was considered a local favorite. Even though the consensus is that Spencer was robbed, Pendred had nothing to do with it. Fighters go in and fight that is what Pendred did and loved to do. What happens outside the cage is separate from what goes on inside and hopefully that didn’t have anything to do with his lowered zeal for the sport.

“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 mated as they follow their dreams.”

See his full post below:

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