He hasn’t been active in the sport for quite some time, but Josh Koscheck has finally decided to officially announce his retirement from the sport at the age of 40.
The former UFC fighter has only fought once since leaving the UFC in 2015 after a five fight losing streak.
That came in 2017 when he lost out to Mauricio Alfonso by first round TKO in the first fight of a new deal with the Bellator promotion, and that appeared to help him come to the conclusion that he “didn’t have it” anymore.
“You never know, I might come back some day,” Koscheck said on Luke Thomas’ Sirius XM show. “The biggest thing about my mixed martial arts career, at the ending it didn’t go the way I wanted. It’s almost like you kind of just lose it, and it pains me to say that. It really, truly pains me as a fighter because I have a big ego – everybody that steps inside that cage has a big ego – but I truly didn’t have it. I couldn’t go out there and compete with these young guys. I felt great in the gym. I was in great shape. I don’t think I was ever in better shape than I was at 38, 39, and 40, but I just didn’t have it.”