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Ben Askren Reveals Why Retirement Is Difficult For MMA Athletes

Retirement often doesn’t come easy to professional mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes… But why is it so? And why do some athletes move on to “the next thing” seemingly easy,...

Maggie Lira Retires From Professional Grappling At IBJJF No-Gi Worlds 2023

Maggie Lira has chosen the 2023 IBJJF No-Gi World Championship as the stage to announce her retirement from the world of professional grappling. Despite her relatively young age and recent...

Is Craig Jones Retiring From Competing In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Craig Jones is one of the best known and most skilled Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors of his generation… But is he retiring from competition? That was one of the questions that Jones decided to...

Henry Cejudo On Khabib’s Retirement From Coaching: “Family Is Everything”

Khabib Nurmagomedov is said to be walking away from his MMA coaching career, so that he can devote more time to his family. And, among other people, Henry Cejudo also understands and respects this...

Ben Askren: “Most Athletes End Up Poor”

One of the biggest problems that professional athletes, including MMA fighters, come to face when they retire is – financial stability. But why? Shouldn’t the fighters, especially the...

Rafael Lovato Jr. Talks Retirement from IBJJF Competition: “I Feel Like I Have So Much To Say”

Rafael Lovato Jr. has retired from IBJJF competition at the last, 2022 World Championships. Some days have passed since, before Lovato decided to voice his thoughts and emotions about the...

Rafael Lovato Jr. & Xande Ribeiro Retire From IBJJF Competition

The 2022 IBJJF World Championships have been emotional, and not just because of the results. Rather, it’s also because two legends decided to retire from IBJJF, gi-oriented competition –...

Felipe Pena: “My Goal Now Is To Focus On ADCC & Transition To MMA”

Felipe Pena has done it all now in IBJJF tournaments, given that he’s fulfilled his childhood dream of winning the absolute World Championship title at 2021 IBJJF Worlds. Following his win, he...

Felipe Pena Announces Retirement from IBJJF Competition

Felipe Pena has now managed to do it all, after winning the 2021 IBJJF World Championship Absolute division (following Nicholas Meregali’s disqualification from the final match). Therefore,...

6x World Champion Gabi Garcia Retires from IBJJF Competition

Gabi Garcia, one of the most recognizable and respected Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes in the world, has decided to retire from IBJJF competition. The 6x world champion decided to do so at the 2021...