Cathal Pendred announces he's quitting UFC

Pendred: My participation in MMA has come to an end
Pendred: My participation in MMA has come to an end

UFC fighter Cathal Pendred has announced he is giving up the sport.

Pendred has lost his last two UFC bouts and recently revealed he is becoming a businessman by planning to open up a franchise Chopped health food store.

Although born in Boston the 28-year-old grew up in Drumcondra, Dublin, and is also well-known on the local social scene as he’s dating model and Buck’s celebrity club hostess Michele McGrath.

Pendred is arguably Ireland’s second best known UFC fighter after Conor McGregor, who has his world featherweight title fight in Las Vegas on December 12 against Jose Aldo.

Pendred today stated: “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 discipline 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.”