Veteran fighter Ricardo Almeida has anounced his retirement from the sport today, bringing an end to a career that began over 10 years ago at PRIDE 11 in December of 2000.

The decision comes after the 34 year-old lost his latest fight with Mike Pyle by unanimous decision at UFC 128.

That marked his second loss in three fights after suffering a first round submission loss to Matt Hughes last year.

Despite his losses Almeida ends his career with a more than respectable record of 13-5, with a 7-5 total during his two spells in the UFC.

“MMA is a great sport but also physically and mentally unforgiving,” Almeida said as he announced that he was hanging up his gloves. “It is a dangerous task to step in the octagon, especially if your focus is not at 100 percent. After much deliberation since my fight at UFC 128, I have decided to step away from the sport as a fighter.”

With his fighting career now over Almeida will still continue to be a part of the sport through his jiu-jitsu academy and as a coach.

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