Tom DeBlass

UFC middleweight Tom DeBlass has retired from mixed martial arts following his UFC on Fuel TV 6: Franklin vs. Le loss to Riki Fukuda.

DeBlass was a Ring of Combat veteran who held the promotion’s titles in the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions.  He made is UFC debut at UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva in April.  He came into the UFC undefeated, but lost both of his bouts inside the famed Octagon.

DeBlass announced his retirement via his facebook account.

“After a lot of talk with my family and Coaches. I have decided to retire from fighting and focus on my family, my Academy, and helping my students to achieve their goals. I have had the opportunity to win the Pan American games, the No Gi World Championships, and National Championships, the Abu Dhabi trials and compete in Abu Dhabi. I have competed all over the world at 30 years old. I fought for Ring of Combat and won their titles. I made it to UFC in a year and a half. I know I am no where near my prime, however I feel my time is better spent else where. At this time I feel it’s best for me to give my time to others, and spend more time with my family. The drive to keep fighting is not there any longer. I have an amazing Academy and feel my students need my full attention. Maybe I will return to Jiu-Jitsu competition. Thanks to everyone for the support. It’s been an awesome ride. God Bless. — with OceanCounty Jiu-Jitsu,” he wrote.

DeBlass walks away from fighting with an overall 7-2 professional record.

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