After his loss on Wednesday night to King Mo at Bellator 96, Seth Petruzelli has decided to hang up the gloves for good. Petruzelli spent 2012 on the bench healing from injuries however he wasn’t really the same after those injuries and came back in January losing to Jacob Noe who also tko’d him early in the first round. Perhaps Petruzelli is best known for his knockout win over Kimbo Slice. Petruzelli stepped in on hours notice at EliteXC and knocked out Slice in 14 seconds. This would kick off a chain of events that would lead to the company falling to pieces before they could put together another event. Petruzelli walks away with a record of 14-8, but don’t expect him to walk away from the sport altogether as he plans on focusing his attentions towards his students.
Petruzelli posted on twitter:
I want to thank my family, friends, fiancé and fans for being by my side these past 13 years plus of my MMA career. Every time I fought it was to please and excite you but most of all make you proud of me. Up until a couple years ago it pleased and excited me as well. That is where I went wrong, for the past couple years I have been fighting for the wrong reasons, I don’t have the desire or drive to fight like I used to and the past couple fights have shown it. So at this point in my life I would like to officially announce my retirement from the sport of MMA. Competing has been a part of my life since I was 6 years old, now I would like to put more of an effort into seeing my students/fighters do the same and making my gym grow and flourish. MMA has taken me around the world, let me meet the best and worst of people and made me feel like the brightest star but also like a black hole at times. ..and I have no regrets because I did it all my way.
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