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See ya! UFC welterweight Cathal Pendred retires from MMA

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Bad news for CM Punk, who will no longer have Cathal Pendred to kick around.

That's because the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight, who rose to fame as a contestant on season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), announced his retirement from mixed martial arts on Wednesday (Nov. 25, 2015) by way of Twitter.

Transcribed by FOX Sports:

"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. 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."

Gotta respect a man who knows when to say when.

Pendred finishes his combat sports career with a 17-4-1 record (including a 4-2 mark in UFC), having recently suffered a technical knockout defeat to Tom Breese at the UFC Fight Night 76 event last month in Dublin, Ireland, his second loss in as many fights.

Happy trails, "Punisher."

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