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Cathal Pendred retires from MMA at 28

Irish welterweight competitor Cathal Pendred (17-5-1) announced his retirement from mixed martial arts today via his Twitter account.

In short, Pendred explained his passion was not what it once was and therefore it was time for him to move on.

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Pendred leaves the UFC on a two-fight losing streak after winning his first four contests. Although he was born in Boston, Massachusetts, he was part of the Irish wave of fighters, led by Conor McGregor, who represented Ireland in the UFC.

The 28-year-old Pendred’s explanation might explain – at least in part – the performances of his last two fights, which were considered disappointing by the critics. Also, his victory over Sean Spencer was memorable as many people including Dana White, thought Spencer won handily.

He was a semi-finalist member of Team Penn on Season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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