10 Veteran UFC Stars Who Should Hang Up Their Gloves

When is enough enough? For many of the best MMA fighters, that’s the toughest question to answer when it comes to ending their own careers in the cage. Whether it’s due to their natural fighting instincts, their continued need to make ends meet, a stubborn refusal to accept that their time has come and gone, […]

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When is enough enough? For many of the best MMA fighters, that’s the toughest question to answer when it comes to ending their own careers in the cage.

Whether it’s due to their natural fighting instincts, their continued need to make ends meet, a stubborn refusal to accept that their time has come and gone, or just scant regard for their own well-being, many veteran stars end up delaying the inevitable far longer than they should.

The consequences for that can be devastating, and in this article, we’ll look at 10 high-profile UFC stars who have already traveled far down that path as they continue to put their long-term health and legacies at risk by delivering subpar performances and enduring repeated beatdowns in the Octagon.

Fighting is a fast-paced, notoriously unforgiving contest.

To be clear, we, as fans and/or writers can never tell a fighter when he or she should hang up their gloves, but at a certain point, it becomes difficult to watch our once-great idols sustain what could be life-altering trauma, and that pales in comparison to the heartache suffered by that fighter and their own family. With that said, let’s take a look at 10 formerly elite combatants who could avoid all (or at last most) of that by walking away right now.

Diego Sanchez

For many years, Sanchez was hailed as having one of the best chins in the game, holding a proud record of having only being stopped once (due to a cut) in 34 fights stretched over a 14-year period, despite having been in numerous brutal and bloody battles from featherweight all the way up to middleweight.

Then in July of 2016 at the historic UFC 200 event, his chin finally gave way when Joe Lauzon flattened him in just 86 seconds.

Though he did win his next fight, worse was to come in 2017 as Sanchez suffered back-to-back knockouts against Al Iaquinta and Matt Brown in a matter of minutes.

Even before this recent decline, Sanchez’s penchant for slugfests had led to concerns that he was taking too much punishment in the Octagon, and if it hadn’t been for highly controversial split decision victories over Takanori Gomi and Ross Pearson, he would have been on a six-fight losing streak from 2012-2015.

Nevertheless, the 35-year-old warrior’s fighting spirit still burns bright and so he’s vowed not to retire, and unfortunately, with his record showing that he’s never lost more than two fights in a row, he’ll likely be allowed to continue to compete even though it’s clearly against his best interests.

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Five Fighters Reportedly Cut From UFC Roster

According to a report from Combate, the UFC has cut Takanori Gomi as well as four Brazilian fighters from its roster. The list includes: lightweight Adriano Martins, featherweight Hacran Diaz, light heavyweight Henrique da Silva, and heavyweight Carlos Felipe. Martins, 35, has suffered back-to-back losses to the likes of Leonardo Santos and Kajan Johnson, who […]

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According to a report from Combate, the UFC has cut Takanori Gomi as well as four Brazilian fighters from its roster.

The list includes: lightweight Adriano Martins, featherweight Hacran Diaz, light heavyweight Henrique da Silva, and heavyweight Carlos Felipe.

Martins, 35, has suffered back-to-back losses to the likes of Leonardo Santos and Kajan Johnson, who knocked out Martins at UFC 215 this past September. Overall, Martins went 4-3 inside of the Octagon.

Dias, 33, is riding a three fight losing streak that includes defeats at the hands of Cub Swanson, Andre Fili and Jared Gordon. Dias went just 3-5 throughout his UFC tenure.

Da Silva, 28, started his UFC career out strong, scoring back-to-back victories over Jonathon Wilson and Joachim Christensen, with both victories coming by way of stoppage. Since then, however, he’s lost four-straight bouts including two consecutive stoppage defeats.

Felipe, on the other hand, had yet to make his Octagon debut before the promotion decided to part ways with him. He was scheduled to take on Christian Colombo at UFC Sao Paulo last month, but he was flagged by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) for a potential anti-doping violation and subsequently suspended for two years.

In addition to these four Braziliam fighters, the legendary Gomi was also released from the UFC. The Japanese veteran is riding a five-fight losing streak.

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Jon Tuck on Takanori Gomi: ‘I Wouldn’t Say he Should Hang up His Gloves’

Jon Tuck doesn’t believe Takanori Gomi should call it a career. Tuck was able to submit Gomi in the first round of their UFC Fight Night 111 bout this past Saturday (June 17). It was “The Fireball Kid’s” fourth straight loss. On the flip side, Tuck snapped a two-fight skid. After the bout, Tuck said […]

Jon Tuck doesn’t believe Takanori Gomi should call it a career. Tuck was able to submit Gomi in the first round of their UFC Fight Night 111 bout this past Saturday (June 17). It was “The Fireball Kid’s” fourth straight loss. On the flip side, Tuck snapped a two-fight skid. After the bout, Tuck said […]

Arlovski vs. Tybura, Gomi vs. Tuck Among Five Fights Added to UFC Singapore

The UFC today confirmed a host of fights for June’s UFC Singapore card. Among the names added: former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski and Japanese fan favorite “The Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi. A total of five fights were announced for the event. Arlovski (25-14 (1)) experienced a career resurgence after switching to the […]

The UFC today confirmed a host of fights for June’s UFC Singapore card. Among the names added: former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski and Japanese fan favorite “The Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi. A total of five fights were announced for the event. Arlovski (25-14 (1)) experienced a career resurgence after switching to the […]

Friday Link Dump: OneFC 26 Results, UFC 186?s Glum Ticket Sales, Gomi vs. Lauzon @ UFC on FOX 16 + More

(Askren vs. Santos in its entirety, via Youtuber Fancy M.)

ONE Championship 26 Results: Ben Askren vs. Luis Santos Ruled No Contest After Bizarre Scene in Manila (MMAFighting)

Joe Rogan And Mike Goldberg React To The ‘Star Wars’ Trailer In This Brilliant Mashup (Uproxx)

Gegard Mousasi’s camp reveals lawsuit against John Makdessi, Fear the Fighter (MMAJunkie)

Joe Lauzon vs. Takanori Gomi Set for UFC on FOX 16 (BloodyElbow)

UFC 186: Bell Centre Closes Part of Venue, Ticket Sales Looking Glum (Bleacher Report)

Georges St. Pierre Talks Career Regrets and Possible WWE Future (Fox Sports)

Paramount’s Rolling Out A TV Adaptation Of ‘Galaxy Quest’ (Screen Junkies)

University Censorship and the Risk to Free Speech (EveryJoe)

Kelly Brook is So Sexy it Isn’t Fair (32 Photos) (Radass)

The 20 Worst Moments in Selfie Stick History (World Wide Interweb)

8 RPGs that Let You Talk Your Way Through Danger (The Escapist)

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(Askren vs. Santos in its entirety, via Youtuber Fancy M.)

ONE Championship 26 Results: Ben Askren vs. Luis Santos Ruled No Contest After Bizarre Scene in Manila (MMAFighting)

Joe Rogan And Mike Goldberg React To The ‘Star Wars’ Trailer In This Brilliant Mashup (Uproxx)

Gegard Mousasi’s camp reveals lawsuit against John Makdessi, Fear the Fighter (MMAJunkie)

Joe Lauzon vs. Takanori Gomi Set for UFC on FOX 16 (BloodyElbow)

UFC 186: Bell Centre Closes Part of Venue, Ticket Sales Looking Glum (Bleacher Report)

Georges St. Pierre Talks Career Regrets and Possible WWE Future (Fox Sports)

Paramount’s Rolling Out A TV Adaptation Of ‘Galaxy Quest’ (Screen Junkies)

University Censorship and the Risk to Free Speech (EveryJoe)

Kelly Brook is So Sexy it Isn’t Fair (32 Photos) (Radass)

The 20 Worst Moments in Selfie Stick History (World Wide Interweb)

8 RPGs that Let You Talk Your Way Through Danger (The Escapist)

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Watch This Amazing Japanese Promo For ‘UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson’, And Shed a Tear for the Way Things Used to Be

The Japanese MMA scene lies cold in the ground, leaving us only with fond memories of PRIDE’s pageantry and DREAM’s cartoonish promo videos. And yet, there is hope.

On September 20th, UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson pops off at the Saitama Super Arena, and it’s (tentatively) loaded with so many MMA legends, wild personalities, and physical behemoths that it almost feels like the lineup to a PRIDE New Year’s Eve card. And so, a YouTube hero named PrideDream2013 has made a 27-minute extended trailer previewing some the bouts and fighters that have been confirmed for the event, and a few that haven’t yet.

Part 2 of the promo is after the jump, which focuses on Rin Nakai and Takanori Gomi. Check it out, and ask yourself: Wouldn’t it be nice if all UFC events were promoted like this?

The Japanese MMA scene lies cold in the ground, leaving us only with fond memories of PRIDE’s pageantry and DREAM’s cartoonish promo videos. And yet, there is hope.

On September 20th, UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson pops off at the Saitama Super Arena, and it’s (tentatively) loaded with so many MMA legends, wild personalities, and physical behemoths that it almost feels like the lineup to a PRIDE New Year’s Eve card. And so, a YouTube hero named PrideDream2013 has made a 27-minute extended trailer previewing some the bouts and fighters that have been confirmed for the event, and a few that haven’t yet.

Part 2 of the promo is after the jump, which focuses on Rin Nakai and Takanori Gomi. Check it out, and ask yourself: Wouldn’t it be nice if all UFC events were promoted like this?