Former Ultimate Fighter contestant and Irish fan favorite Cathal Pendred is hanging up his gloves.
Pendred went 17-4 as a pro mixed martial artist, going 4-0 to start his stint with the UFC. He’d go on to lose his last two fights via split decision and first-round technical knockout to John “Doomsday” Howard and Tristar MMA’s Tom Breese, respectively.
He wrote in a message on Twitter:
“I am a passionate person and I always give 100 [percent] 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 [nine] 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 involvement with the sport, but I no longer wish to compete.”
Pendred was widely considered one of the better prospects when he first stepped in as a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter 19. A former Cage Warriors welterweight champion, Pendred made it into the TUF house and onto B.J. Penn’s team without competing, as is traditional for the competition.
“The Punisher” was a regular on the undercard of any event featuring fellow Irishman Conor McGregor or any card in Dublin. He trained alongside the “Notorious” one, Aisling Daly and Paddy Holohan, learning his craft at SBG Ireland in Dublin.