Following her loss to Nina Ansaroff earlier this month at UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix, Arizona, women’s strawweight fighter Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger has officially retired from mixed martial arts (MMA). The 31-year-old veteran posted the following message to Instagram earlier this week to announce her decision after getting submitted by Ansaroff just one week ago.
“Family, friends and fans, first of all I want to say thank you so much for all the love and support,” the letter read. “It’s something I can see and have felt throughout out my career and I’m very thankful for it all. I have been doing what I love for almost 9 years now and I can promise you I gave it everything I had. Tonight I’m so excited to announce my retirement from fighting. I’m ready for what’s next. I’m ready to be with my wife and kids, to be the best wife and most of all to be the best step mom to our girls. Kennedy and Ellie I love you both so much. I want to thank my coach John Crouch for always supporting me in and out of the cage. Thank you coach Eddie, Wil and Jarret! Thank you Mike Dolce for always being on my team. I owe everything to my brothers and sisters at the MMA LAB thank you. #mmalabelite #dolcediet #onepercentbetter #teamJJL“
Lybarger, 31, lost all three of her UFC appearances since making her promotional debut back at UFC 194. She has been tasked with fighting some very tough strawweight fighters, which includes Tecia Torres, Randa Markos and Ansaroff, who became the first fighter to ever stop Lybarger. While Lybarger was most likely never going to contend for a UFC title, she was a solid measuring stick for incoming divisional talent.
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