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UFC And WEC Veteran Javier Vasquez Announces His Retirement

Former WEC and current UFC featherweight fighter Javier ‘Showtime’ Vasquez has announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 36.

“I don’t see a need nor a want to fight anymore,” Vasquez stated on Sherdog Radio on Sunday night. “I do have fights left on my contract, but I just don’t want to do it. I didn’t want to be that guy that everyone is begging to retire. I did everything in my career on my terms.”

A highly talented but injury-prone Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, Vasquez’s MMA career began all the way back in 1998, but he’s perhaps best known for being a seasoned campaigner in the WEC’s ranks

Vasquez fought just once for the UFC back in June of 2011 against Joe Stevenson which ended in a decision victory, but despite that he reveals that this was the fight that brought him to the conclusion that he didn’t want to compete any more.

“When I got back to the locker room after the Stevenson fight, I just knew I had nothing left. I had nothing left to prove. I knew my knee and my body had definitely had enough. I didn’t want to do it. I just didn’t want to do it anymore. The fear of stepping into the cage is just the fear I didn’t want to experience anymore.”

He didn’t officially make his retirement known at the time, but has now finally confirmed his decision leaving him with an overall 16-5 career record.

It’s relatively rare for a fighter to end his career on a win, particularly after just joining the sport’s biggest organization, but there’s nothing like going out on your own terms, and given that Velasquez has been nursing injury problems for a number of years and has his own gym to focus on it seems like a wise choice.

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