Following back-to-back knockout losses to Sean O’Connell and Gian Villante, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight submission specialist Anthony “The Hippo” Perosh, 43, announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA).
I’m retiring from fighting in MMA. I‘ve had a great career in MMA spanning 12 years, 25 fights, 15 wins & 5 wins in the UFC all by stoppage and 3 by Rear Naked Choke. I always went out for the win by stoppage and I am proud of what I have achieved in my career.
I am 43 years old (young!) and I told myself I would retire if I either couldn’t keep up with the training, didn’t want it anymore or if I lost more than I won. The last fight camps were hard on me physically and mentally. I didn’t get the win and I knew straight after my last fight that I had had enough. I’m finishing with a UFC record of 5 wins and 4 losses in the Light Heavyweight division.
On the bright side I am retiring with all my mental bearings and apart from the usual wear and tear I am physically fit!
The next goal is focussing on my two MMA gyms with 650 students and MMA and BJJ competition teams. I am very proud of all of my students and can’t wait to put all of my time in to them and see them get better and succeed. I hope to be back in the UFC even more than before but this time walking behind my students who make it to the UFC as their coach and corner.
I have learnt a lot in my time in the UFC. You need to surround yourself with good people such as coaches and training partners and avoid the naysayers and haters. Have a dream, ….View full article
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