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Cathal Pendred, an Irish welterweight competing in the UFC and a training teammate of Conor McGregor, announced his retirement Wednesday.

Pendred broke the news in an open letter distributed through his personal Twitter account:

The announcement undoubtedly comes as a surprise to fans, as the 28-year-old Pendred never previously hinted he was pondering retirement and apparently never suffered a major injury. Pendred has competed three times in 2015.

The letter read in part that “I now find my passion [for MMA] is no longer what it was and I feel it is time for me to move on.”

Pendred also wrote that he intends to “maintain my involvement with the sport, but I no longer wish to compete,” adding that he had “other interests that I want to pursue.” Pendred did not elaborate on what those interests might be. 

The Irishman retires with a professional record of 17-4-1, including a 4-2 record in the UFC. He had lost his last two bouts, a split-decision loss to John Howard and, most recently, a first-round knockout to Tom Breese in his home town of Dublin.

Pendred trained at the vaunted SBG Ireland gym alongside McGregor and other standouts like Gunnar Nelson, Paddy Holohan and Aisling Daly. He entered the UFC in 2014 after competing as a middleweight contestant on the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter. Despite losing to eventual season champion Eddie Gordon, Pendred caught on with the UFC after defeating fellow contestant Mike King at UFC Fight Night 46.

After that bout, Pendred moved to welterweight, the division at which he fought most of his UFC bouts and originally found MMA success in Great Britain’s Cage Warriors organization, where he was welterweight champion before trying out for TUF

Despite his success in the UFC, Pendred garnered some negative attention there for his conservative, low-action style and at least one controversial decision win

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Cathal Pendred has retired from mixed martial arts at 28 years old.

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Citing lack of passion, UFC welterweight Cathal Pendred announces MMA retirement
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Former Strikeforce lightweight title challenger and current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Jorge Masvidal achieved mixed results competing in the 155-pound class.

After accumulating an above average record of 5-2 in the Octagon, with disappointing losses coming against Al Iaquinta and Rustam Khabilov, “Gamebred” took his talents in mixed martial arts (MMA) up to the 170-pound division for a tussle with former Ultimate Fighter: Brazil winner Cezar Ferreira last July.

Masvidal, who tangles with ex-lightweight champion Benson Henderson at UFC Fight Night 79 this Saturday (Nov. 28, 2015) in Seoul, South Korea, got back to his winning ways against “Mutante.”

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The vacant World Series of Fighting welterweight title will find a new owner when Jake Shields and Jon Fitch square off on April 1.

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UFC champ Rafael dos Anjos plans eventual move to welterweight
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Team Link’s Gil de Freitas captured the vacant 170-pound title, as he submitted Chip Moraza-Pollard with a first-round kneebar in the CES MMA 31 headliner on Friday at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

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“The Predator” looks to avoid a sting from “Killa B” in “Beantown” this winter.

An intriguing welterweight collision is set to take place on the upcoming UFC Fight Night 81 mixed martial arts (MMA) card on Jan. 17, 2016.

Veteran combatants of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Patrick Cote (22-9) and Ben Saunders (19-6-2) will meet inside TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, according to Canadian outlet TSN.

“The Predator” is on a hot streak, having won five of seven bouts inside the Octagon since his return to the organization that made him famous in July 2012, most recently finishing perennial tough guy Josh Burkman with strikes at UFC Fight Night 74 last August.

With a rising record, it appears Cote was a bit unhappy with the matchmaking.

“I was looking for a Top 15 guy, I’m 4-1 in the welterweight division in the UFC so I think I was deserving of a better matchup. No disrespect to Ben Saunders, he’s a very tough guy but I wanted to face someone in the top 15 to put me in a good place after my next fight with a win. I started my training camp two weeks ago because I wanted to fight at the end of January so I was already in fight mode. I feel awesome, I’ve never started training camp so light, it’s going to be easy to make the weight and I never stopped training anyway.”

He isn’t the only fighter lashing out.

Alas, “Killa B,” a man known more for his jiu-jitsu prowess now just as much as he used to be known for his striking, will be the one standing opposite Cote in “Beantown” this winter. The 32-year-old Saunders captured a split-decision win over Kenny Robertson at UFC on FOX 16 in July and is 3-0 since his return to ZUFFA in Aug. 2014.

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The UFC has moved the welterweight bout between Sheldon Westcott (8-3-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Edgar Garcia (14-4 MMA, 0-3 UFC) from UFC Fight Night 80 over to the UFC 195 event.

UFC 195 takes place on January 2, 2016 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show will be headlined by Robbie Lawler defending his UFC Welterweight Championship against Carlos Condit.

Here is the current card:

– Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit – for welterweight title

– Drew Dober vs. Erik Koch

– Edgar Garcia vs. Sheldon Westcott

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