Patrick Cummins Announces Retirement At 39

UFC fighter Patrick Cummins has announced that he’s retiring at the age of 39 following a series of losses inside the Octagon.

Cummins joined the UFC just four fights into his MMA career in 2014 and has since compiled a 6-7 record, including victories over the likes of Jan Blachowicz, Gian Villante, Rafael Cavalcante and Antonio Carlos Junior.

However, he was recently riding a three-fight losing streak against Corey Anderson, Misha Circunov and most recently Ed Herman back in May that had led to his decision to hang up his gloves for good.

“I’ve given the idea of retirement a lot of careful consideration over the past 6 months. Today is the day that I officially say goodbye to my 20+ year long career as an athlete,” Cummins wrote on Instagram. “It’s not an easy decision to make especially when a competitive life is all I’ve ever known.

I’m not quite sure what the next chapter will be titled, but I know one thing for certain. I won’t spend any more time involved in something that my heart isn’t 100% into. I spent over year in the UFC where that was the case but I wasn’t completely aware of it. Turns out that’s probably one of the hardest places to go through the motions. Live and learn.

I want to thank my friends, family, loved ones, coaches, sponsors and training partners who’ve had a hand in shaping me over the years. You all know who you are and I love you.

One group of people I’ve left out is my fans. I’ve been able to do extraordinary things with your moral support. In good times and especially bad, many of you have reached out with motivation or praise over the years that I could never understand. For that, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I don’t think anyone can look back at their career and be completely satisfied with it, but one thing I wouldn’t change for anything is the unique group of amazing fans I’ve managed to curate. I love you all too. Thank you!! Cheers.”

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