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Antoni Hardonk Leaves MMA World to Go Full-Time Coaching

Written on May 09, 2011 by Alvin Guerro

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"For me, it wasn't really something that I planned, like,'Oh, I'm at a certain age. I’m going to retire." --- Antoni Hardonk, UFC fighter

The eight-time fighter and Dutch striker, , has retired from professional mixed martial arts and plans to settle on coaching at his new gym in California.

Antoni Hardonk, who has an 8-6 pro MMA and a 10-5 pro kickboxing record, has finished his UFC career with a 4-4 mark. His remarkable fight was in 2008, when he won three consecutive fights by a knock out against Colin Robinson, Eddie Sanchez and Mike Wessel. However, the dark moment of his career is when he was defeated by Chieck Kongo in 2009, followed by a loss to Pat Barry in a ‘Fight of the Night’ performance.

The 35-year old, Antoni Hardonk, has recently opened his gym in Santa Monica, California where he trains Vladimir Matyushenko, Stefan Struve and Jared Hamman.

He stated that fighting is a full-time job and that it is not something you can do on the side which he didn’t want to do halfway. For him, teaching and fighting at the same time is difficult to do. Therefore he decided to go full-time in teaching.

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