UFC veteran Mark Bocek, who earned a split decision win over Mike De La Torre this past April, has announced his retirement from MMA.
Bocek (12-5) posted an 8-5 record inside the Octagon, including wins over John Alessio, Nik Lentz and Dustin Hazelett. He also fought – and lost – to former champions Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson, along with Rafael dos Anjos and Jim Miller during his run.
I'm retiring from pro mma.I would like to thank everyone who has helped me and supported me throughout this journey. Onto the next chapter.
— Mark Bocek (@MarkBocek) August 6, 2014
Bocek started his career with four first round finishes, including three via submission, to earn a shot in the UFC in 2007. He lost to Edgar by first round TKO, but rebounded to defeat Doug Evans.
In 2008, the Canadian lost to Mac Danzig, but reeled off three straight victories via rear-naked choke – including a standing rear-naked choke on Joe Brammer – over his next three fights.
The 32-year-old earned two “Submission of the Night” honors inside the Octagon. Bocek, from Toronto, trained out of the Tristar Gym and holds black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Kempo Karate.
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