Many fans felt lightweight Shane Roller would shine inside the Octagon after a solid run in WEC and knockout win over Thiago Tavares in his UFC debut. However, less than two years after stepping into the infamous eight-sided cage for the first time it looks like Roller’s career as a professional Mixed Martial Artist has come to its end.
Roller went on Twitter this week to reveal a recent loss to Jacob Volkmann had served as the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back, announcing his intention to retire from competition after dropping four of his last five fights. The 33-year old was submitted by Volkmann in the first round of their UFC on FX 5 bout last Friday night.
“Looks like I’m hanging up the gloves for good. It was fun, but time to move on. Sucks that it ended like that,” wrote Roller, adding he was now moving on to the “next chapter” of his life.
A former All-American wrestler in college, Roller racked up an 11-7 record in MMA after getting into the sport five years ago. Along the way he compiled wins over a number of notable foes including finishes of Danny Castillo, Anthony Njokuani, and Jamie Varner.
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