UFC middleweight grappler Tom DeBlass
has retired from the cage.
The 30-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt announced the news
Tuesday night on his Facebook page.
“After a lot of talk with my family and coaches,” DeBlass wrote, “I
have decided to retire from fighting and focus on my family, my
academy and helping my students to achieve their goals.”
DeBlass made his mixed martial arts debut in 2010, rattling off
seven consecutive victories under the Ring of Combat banner while
winning the organization’s heavyweight and light heavyweight
The New Jersey native answered the call to join the UFC on short
notice in April when he agreed to fight Cyrille
Diabate on just 12 days’ notice at
UFC on Fuel TV 2. Though DeBlass managed to secure a takedown
and control the fight early, Diabate persevered and walked away
with a majority decision.
DeBlass returned to the Octagon on Nov. 10 as a middleweight and
took on former Deep champion Riki Fukuda,
who used a superior standup game to earn a unanimous decision over
UFC on Fuel TV 6. DeBlass departs the cage with a career mark
of 7-2, having earned four of his victories by knockout or
“At this time, I feel it's best for me to give my time to others
and spend more time with my family,” wrote DeBlass. “The drive to
keep fighting is not there any longer. I have an amazing academy
and feel my students need my full attention.”
DeBlass owns and operates Ocean County Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu in Forked River, N.J.
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