UFC lightweight Mark Bocek has decided to hang up the gloves, and like his teammate in Georges St. Pierre, he says it has in part to do with not wanting to compete against opponents on performance enhancing drugs anymore.
Mark Bocek has decided to hang up the gloves, and unlike most fighters he's retiring coming off a win. The 32-year-old has compiled a 12-5 record overall, winning 8 fights in the UFC, including 3 out of his last 4 bouts. While it certainly seems that he still has a lot in the tank, the BJJ blackbelt has decided to go out on his own terms with Bocek saying the decision stems from a PED problem that he sees in Mixed Martial Arts.
"I've gone through a lot of injuries. The sport is highly evolved and I'm not interested in competing against fighters on PED's any longer," Bocek told Ariel Helwani at UFC Tonight.
Interestingly enough, that's a similar reason given by his Tristar gym teammate in Georges St-Pierre as he relinquished his title and took a hiatus from the sport.
Bocek didn't go into detail, but there have been a recent string of PED scandals in MMA as of late, with several fighters being in the middle of it such as Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, Ali Bagautinov, Kevin Casey, Robert Drysdale, and Dennis Siver.
The Czech-Canadian fighter has had a 10-year career that saw him take victories over talented fighters such as Nik Lentz, Dustin Hazelett and John Alessio, with all of his losses have come against top notch competition in guys like Frankie Edgar, Ben Henderson, and Rafael Dos Anjos.