Straight Blast Gym’s Cathal Pendred has announced his retirement from MMA.
The 28-year-old, who is still under contract with the UFC, broke the news on Wednesday, via Twitter. Explaining how he had arrived at the decision, Pendred simply stated – “I now find that my passion is no longer what it was and I feel like it is time for me to move on”.
Though the move comes in the wake of back to back defeats, the last of which came via brutal knockout at the hands of Tom Breese at UFC Dublin, it is somewhat unexpected.
Following that loss, the Dublin native told The Irish Independent that he was “worn out” and was planning to take a break until at least the new year. However, all signs still pointed to Pendred continuing his career inside the octagon.
At the beginning of the month PunditArena even reported on a Twitter correspondence between Pendred and Irish boxing great, Wayne McCullough. During their back and forth, “The Punisher” spoke about getting in some training with the Olympic silver medallist. This seemed to be an indication of Cathal’s determination to improve on what he has often acknowledged is the weakest part of his game.
Less than three weeks later, however, comes this bombshell.
The fighter ended his statement by thanking his coaches, teammates and fans, as well as providing an assurance that his love for the sport would endure regardless of his departure from competition.
Pendred retires with a 4-2 UFC record, and a 17-4-1 ledger overall.
Onto the next chapter….. pic.twitter.com/ebKMx666qP
— Cathal Pendred (@Pendred) November 25, 2015