Long-time lightweight UFC fighter Mark Bocek has announced that he’s retiring from the sport at the age of 32.
“I’m retiring from pro mma,” Bocek revealed on Twitter. “I would like to thank everyone who has helped me and supported me throughout this journey. Onto the next chapter.”
Bocek bows out with a win against Mike De La Torre at the TUF Nations Finale back in April in his native Canada. That had been his first fight in seventeen months since a decision loss to Rafael Dos Anjos.
In total Bocek produced an 8-5 run in the UFC over the course of seven years, hanging up his gloves with an overall 12-5 career record.
He recorded wins over the likes of Nick Lentz, Jon Alessio and Dustin Hazelett in the Octagon, but came up short against higher profile opponents such as Frankie Edgar, Ben Henderson and Jim Miller.
Bocek was also UFC’s president Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach when they first started practicing the sport after purchasing the organization.