Ex-UFC Fighter Luke Sanders Announces He Has Retired

Former UFC fighter Luke Sanders has announced his retirement from the sport just a few months after being released by the UFC.

“I’m officially retiring after eight UFC fights, two Performance of the Night awards, multiple records held in my division and whipping everybody’s ass that was put in front of me,” Sanders wrote on Instagram. “It’s been a great ride…thank you to all my coaches, friends, Family, and fans All this was for y’all. Many blessing, All the love guys❤️🙏🏽”

The 35-year-old ‘Cool Hand’ had arrived in the UFC back in 2015 as an RFA bantamweight champion with a perfect 10-0 record and he got off to a winning start in his promotional debut with a first round submission win over Maximo Blanco.

However, he wasn’t able to build on that promising start, losing five of his next seven fights in the Octagon, with back-to-back losses against Nate Maness and Felipe Colares in the past 12 months leading to the UFC brass opting not to renew his contract.

So, Sanders bows out of the sport with a 3-5 run in the UFC and an overall 18-5 career record spanning over 10 years.

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