UFC veteran Nordine Taleb has announced that his next fight in the Octagon will be the final one of his career.
“Hi everyone, after thinking for a while about it I took the decision than my next @ufc fight will be my retirement fight,” Taleb wrote on social media. “It was a hell of a ride and I’m very grateful for it ! See you soon for the last ride.”
The 38-year-old Taleb has spent the past five years fighting in the UFC after initially making the switch from Bellator to compete in the TUF Nations: Canada vs. Australia show in 2014.
Things didn’t go according to plan though as he lost in the preliminary round of the show, but was handed a lifeline by being handed another opportunity, this time fighting on TUF Season 19 soon afterwards – only to lose again in the season opener.
However, in an unusual move the UFC had given Taleb a chance to debut in the UFC before TUF 19 aired and he’d won that fight, so they kept him on the roster and he’s remained in the promotion from then on.
Overall Taleb has amassed 12 fights in the promotion, and compiled a 7-5 record, with his most notable wins coming against the likes of Erick Silva, Li Jingliang and Danny Roberts.
The last couple of years have seen a dip in form for Taleb though, losing three of his last four fights, including a submission loss to Claudia Silva, being TKO’d by Sean Strickland and most recently suffering a first round knockout loss to Muslim Salikhov that’s convinced him it’s time to hang up his gloves for good with an overall 15-7 career record.