As the 2020 UFC season draws to a close, so do the careers of certain fighters. While some fighters have taken a voluntary step back, some of them have been released from their contracts with the promotion. Some might even surprise us with a return, but they stay dormant as of now.
Let’s take a look at some of the most prominent names that left the UFC this year.
The former UFC middleweight champion and arguably one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the UFC octagon was released from his contract this year. Silva sang his swan song against Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night in November.
Anderson Silva suffered a loss and was released from his contract with a professional record that currently stands at 34-11-0. Though the 45-year-old hasn’t confirmed his retirement, it seems like it’s about time for him to hang his gloves for good.
Ben Saunders will be parting ways with the UFC for the third time now. He currently holds a record of 22-13-2 and will now no longer be with the promotion as he has been released from his contract after a 4-fight losing skid.
He used to fight in the Welterweight division of the promotion and most recently went up against and lost to Matt Brown by second-round KO at UFC 245.
Former UFC fighter Corey Anderson made a promotional switch and now fights in the light heavyweight division of Bellator. A grave health scare and a few wise words from Daniel Cormier were the reasons behind this switch.
He left with two fights remaining in his contract. In his last outing, he went up against and lost to Jan Blachowicz at the main event of UFC Fight Night 167. Anderson left with a professional record of 14-5-0.
A man that has been around for as long as anyone can remember, Daniel Cormier, has retired. He is a former two divisional champion who held belts in both the heavyweight division and light heavyweight division.
He retired after his loss to Stipe Miocic at their second meeting inside the octagon. It was in contention for the heavyweight crown, and two weeks after his loss he announced that he would no longer be fighting on his show with ESPN.
Cormier left the ring with a professional record that currently stands at 22-3-0. The UFC great still maintains ties with the promotion, as he works as a commentator and is actively involved in his show with Ariel Helwani as well.
Henry Cejudo decided to go out on top. He left as a two divisional champion after his first defense as the 135lbs champion. Cejudo went up against Dominick Cruz at the main event of UFC 249, and in the end, announced his retirement from the sport.
Though this came as a surprise to most of the fans, he says he has done enough in the sport and is happy leaving at the top.
There has been quite a bit of speculation about him returning, but with no conformation so far, Henry Cejudo remains retired from the sport.
11-year veteran Charles Byrd announced his retirement from the sport after his TKO loss to Maki Pitolo. He left with a professional record that currently stands at 10-7 MMA, 1-3 UFC. He was a contest on the inaugural season of Dana White’s Contender Series.
The current #1 pound for pound ranked fighter in the world, Khabib Nurmagomedov, retired from the sport with a professional record of 29-0-0. He went out with a successful lightweight title defense against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.
This was his first, and also last, fight without his father in his corner. Making a promise to his mother and being a man of his word, Khabib Nurmagomedov left his gloves in the octagon as a symbol of his retirement from the sport.
Quite literally the greatest fighter the sport has seen to this date, this is one retirement that will leave a pit in the heart of every hardcore MMA fan.
Peter Sobotta retired from the sport after his third loss in over a decade. He took his final loss via a unanimous decision against Alex Oliveira at UFC on ESPN 14. He used to fight in the welterweight division of the UFC and holds a professional record currently at 17-7-1 MMA, 4-6 UFC.
Stevie ray announced his retirement from all forms of MMA competition via Facebook live. He last competed in October 2019 and retired despite having signed a 4-fight contract with the promotion. He won his last bout against Michael Johnson with a majority decision.
Deciding to prioritize his physical well-being over a paycheck, Ray took the decision to retire from the sport. He left with a professional record of 23-9-0.
Ricardo Lamas called it a career after 12 years of professional competition. He said he had been contemplating retirement since 2017 and finally made the decision after his unanimous-decision win over Bill Algeo.
The tipping point of his career came back in 2014 when he contested for the UFC featherweight title against Jose Aldo at UFC 169. Though he fell short on that day, he continued to have a great run even after this. His current record stands at 20-8-0.
All in all, though 2020 was a rocky year for the world at large, the UFC managed to come through with some great moments. What will be your lasting memory of these fighters that you might never get to see compete ever again?
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