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Kurt Pellegrino Retires from UFC

Written on June 08, 2011 by Lulu

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UFC fighter Vet Kurt Pellegrino is retiring as a fighter and he said "This might be the right decision for me."

Many was surprised when Kurt Pellegrino declared in his website that he will be retiring as a fighter. But to his close friends and families, it likely didn’t come as a surprise at all.

“I’ve been thinking about retirement since (fighting) Josh Neer (at UFC 101 in August 2009),” Pellegrino told host Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of “The MMA Hour.” “I’ve been talking to my wife about it since then, anyway. When it was time to do it, I just said, ‘Do it now.'”

He also mentioned that he wrote the post on his site, published it, and tried to not look back. “I wrote this thing all out and pressed send,” Pellegrino added. I left my house and drove around for a bit. That was how I dealt with it, because it was a hard thing to do. Do I want to fight again? Right now, I kind of don’t.”

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Rampage Jackson, to Reclaim the Light Heavyweight Title

Written on May 27, 2011 by Alvin Guerro

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"I want to be champion again one day.” --- Quinton "Rampage" Jackson

After Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson said that he was not much interested in getting the championship title again, he is now intense and hoping to become the light heavyweight champion for the second time. Rampage Jackson’s statements would shut his doubting critics up in fighting Matt Hamill.

He insisted that he’s not bothered if others doubt his excitement to fight, and even thought it weird. Rampage Jackson also added that he is excited to make a living, and pointed out that fighting Matt Hamill is pure business. He also cleared that his past statements are not against his opponent, but on his perception about his career and what he usually do as a fighter.

The 33-year-old Rampage Jackson predicted that his MMA career would end up after two years, and is now preparing about his future following his retirement. He recently opened a gym in California with his friend, but there is a lot to come before he step out of MMA. He could have a bout against Jon Jones if win against Matt Hamill, and other interesting matches could still go on his way.

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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 UFC fighter and Dutch striker, Antoni Hardonk, 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.

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Randy Couture Minimizes Retirement

Written on April 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Randy Couture talks and thinks less of his retirement as of the moment, while gearing up for his duel against Lyoto Machida at UFC 129.

During last Tuesday’s UFC 129 conference call, Randy Couture asserted that his retirement was just one of the many qualities associated with the tournament in Ontario.

UFC 129 will feature George St-Pierre’s welterweight title defense against Jake Shields. In addition to this, Jose Aldo will make his promotional debut, as he defends his featherweight championship belt from Mark Hominick. As for Randy Couture, he will square off with another former champion in Lyoto Machida on April 30 at the Rogers Centre.

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Ricardo Almeida Steps out From MMA Competition

Written on April 02, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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One MMA fighter is now out of active competition, as Ricardo Almeida officially retires.

Ricardo Almeida officially announced in his RABJJ website that he will be retiring from MMA competition. According to the fighter, he is having difficulties balancing his career as a MMA fighter, BJJ academy owner, and father.

Ricardo Almeida first retired on 2004 and returned to active competition four years later, after signing a six-fight deal with UFC. Following that, his son was diagnosed with autism, which made him struggle to devote a sufficient time on fighting.

“MMA is a great sport but also physically and mentally unforgiving. It is a dangerous task to step in the octagon, especially if your focus is not at 100 percent. After much deliberation since my fight at UFC 128 I have decided to step away from the sport as a fighter.”

Since returning to active competition, Ricardo Almeida set a respectable 5-3 record in the UFC. He closed his statement by thanking UFC and its officials, Frankie Edgar. his family, students, and fans. He will remain involved in MMA as an instructor, coach and as a fan.

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Dana White: Cro Cop is Ready to Retire

Written on March 21, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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Cro Cop is likely to say goodbye to the belt and to the Octagon.

The UFC 128 has just ended and so with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s career.

“Cro Cop” Filipovic has lost his battle against Jon Jones last Saturday during UFC 128 in New Jersey. The latter won via TKO. See the video after the cut.

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Fedor Emelianenko Hints Future Fights

Written on February 16, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Will Fedor Emelianenko retire after his loss to Bigfoot Silva? It's yet to be decided. For now, the Emperor is on the list of top alternate for Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.

After suggesting an upcoming retirement, Fedor Emelianenko changed his tune in Twitter yesterday. Following a doctor’s stoppage loss to Antonio Silva last February 12, the Russian fighter stated in a series of tweets that he wanted the fight to continue. In addition to this, Fedor Emelianenko is still undecided whether to leave the sports or not.

Should Fedor Emelianenko continue fighting?

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