Injuries claim a lot of athletes before their prime is finished, and now you can count Ultimate Fighter season 9 winner James Wilks amongst those casualties.

The British born fighter announced via Twitter over the weekend that he has retired from active MMA competition after injury sidelined him for good.

“A few of you have been asking when my next fight is. Unfortunately, I had to retire due to injury,” wrote Wilks.

During his time with the UFC, Wilks compiled a 2-2 record overall including his win over DeMarques Johnson to claim the season 9 title where he was coached by fellow countryman Michael Bisping.

Wilks last appearance in the Octagon came in Oct 2010 in a decision loss to Canadian Claude Patrick at UFC 120.

Even while the show was filming, Wilks was already living and residing in the United States, and despite his fighting career being over the former TUF champion is still teaching and training at his own academy in California, Lightning MMA.

For his career, Wilks held a 7-4 record overall.

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