“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 winner James Wilks
recently announced that he has been forced to retire from mixed
“A few of you have been asking when my next fight is.
Unfortunately, I have had to retire due to injury. Now coaching at
[Lightning MMA],” Wilks wrote on his Twitter account on
The 34-year-old Englishman last stepped into the Octagon more than
a year and a half ago, dropping a unanimous decision to Claude
Patrick at UFC
120 in London. Wilks was scheduled to face Amir
Sadollah at UFC Fight
Night 24 in March 2011 but was replaced on the card when he
suffered a knee injury.
MMAJunkie.com reported on Monday that doctors warned Wilks that he
would risk paralysis if he attempted to fight again; the
Leicestershire, England, native has experienced lingering issues in
his neck due to a fractured vertebrae he incurred while playing
rugby as a teenager.
Wilks posted a 2-2 mark during his time with the
UFC. “Lightning” made his promotional debut at the “TUF 9”
Finale in 2009, submitting DaMarques
Johnson with a rear-naked choke at 4:54 of the opening round.
He was knocked out by Matt Brown in
his next outing before rebounding with a unanimous verdict against
Sobotta at UFC
Wilk will continue to focus on his Laguna Hills, Calif-based gym,
Lightning MMA, which he runs along with former UFC talent Michael "The
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