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.