UFC Middleweight Tom DeBlass Announces Retirement from MMA After Loss to Riki Fukuda



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 titles.

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 DeBlass at 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 submission.

“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.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 views

After an 11-year career that was spent mostly in MMA’s major organizations, UFC and IFL vet Krzysztof Soszynski has announced his retirement while citing concerns about his brain health.Filed under: read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 9 views

After a pro career that ran more than a decade and included more than a dozen bouts in the world’s top promotion, UFC lightweight veteran Mark Bocek has announced his retirement.Filed under: News, UF read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 245 views

Retired UFC middleweight Brian Stann took to twitter to publicly address the fallout of the UFC Fight Night Macau main event. Brian Stann has been one of the UFC's most vocal fighters when it comes t read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 views

Krzysztof Soszynski is more than two years removed from his last mixed martial arts bout, a 35-second knockout loss to Igor Pokrajac at UFC 140. read news >>

  • 6 days ago
  • 0 views

Don’t tell Joby Sanchez that he should have postponed his golden opportunity. read news >>

  • 5 hours ago
  • 6 views

Stephan Bonnar, who retired from mixed martial arts in 2012, has signed with Bellator MMA. read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 3 views

TULSA – For all the distractions outside the cage, Jordan Mein looked remarkably sharp inside it.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 41 views

And he's even less worried about the ground game. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight Tom DeBlass -- who ended his short-lived retirement to join Bellator MMA back in early read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 views

Josh Samman lends an update on his injuries, recovery and upcoming fight schedule as well as his opinion on the electricity between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. read news >>