Tim Kennedy Retires

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Tim Kennedy

UFC middleweight contender Tim Kennedy retires from MMA and will never step in a cage again.

I love you all. Thanks for listening. And thank you most of all for giving me the opportunity to do what I love for all these years. – Tim Kennedy, Former UFC Middleweight

The former Strikeforce middleweight title challenger made the announcement in a very long Facebook post. Kennedy (18-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has competed professionally in mixed martial arts since 2001. He proved himself early in his MMA record winning as many as eight fights in a row before earning his first title shot in Strikeforce.

Kennedy agrees with friends and supporters who feel he is still competitive, but would not allow them to persuade him from hanging the gloves.

“I know I am still a good fighter. I know I was away a while. But they didn’t feel what I felt, and that’s being 37.”

Kennedy finished his career with back to back losses against two tough opponents. A TKO loss in September of 2014 to Yoel Romero came before a two-year layoff from competing. His last loss came at the hands of the young Kevin Gastelum this past December.

Here is a small excerpt from his long retirement announcement. Scroll down to see the full announcement.

Sitting in the ER at Saint Michael’s hospital in Toronto, Canada after my fight, I looked up at my buddy Nick Palmisciano who had ridden in the ambulance with me. He is a friend I didn’t deserve and guy that stood with me from the beginning. Fighting is a lonely thing. You train with your team. You bleed with them. You trust your coaches but ultimately you are in the cage alone. This wasn’t our first time in this situation and thankful I had someone by my side. We had been here a few times in our past decade together. Sometimes for wins and sometimes for losses. The end result always looked the same: Nick carrying five bags that should have been split among three corners and me and my face are bleeding and swollen. “That’s it man,” I said. “We’re all done.”

Kennedy announces his retirement on Facebook.

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