UFC welterweight Cathal Pendred has officially hung up the gloves.

On Tuesday morning, Nov. 25, Pendred took to Twitter to announce he would stepping away from the sport of mixed martial arts.

In an uploaded image, Pendred wrote:

“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 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 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 onto 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 teammates as they follow their dreams.”

Pendred (17-4-1), a former Cage Warriors welterweight champion, initially rose to prominence in America during his time as a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter 19. He was most recently seen suffering a first round TKO to Tom Breese at UFC Fight Night 76 in October. This the marked the second straight setback for Pendred with his previous being a decision loss to John Howard at UFC 189 in July.

The Irish fighter previously came out on top in his first four bouts under the UFC banner, including a thrilling come from behind second-round submission victory in his UFC debut against Mike King at UFC Fight Night 46. Both men were awarded Fight of the Night bonuses for their performance.

He is also teammates to UFC fighters Conor McGregor, Paddy Holohan Aisling Daly, and Gunnar Nelson at the SBG Ireland gym.

Pendred walks away from the sport with seven career stoppage wins, including six by way of knockout, and a UFC record of 4-2

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