After fighting professionally for over 15 years, and throwing down in 60 plus fights, Yves Edwards has announced he’s retiring.
The 38 year-old vet has announced the news following his stoppage loss to Akbarh Arreola at UFC Fight Night 57. Edwards posted the following statement on his Facebook page:
I’ve thought about how to say this for a week now, but there’s no better way than to just do it. So here goes; 1st I’d like to say thank you to all the people that I’ve met through and because of fighting, friends, training partners, coaches, fight fans, doctors and even some promoters/matchmakers. A lot of you guys have always shown me nothing but love and I really appreciate that.
Fighting has been a part of my life ever since I was 17 and that makes this a hard pill to swallow but it’s time for me to end this chapter and move on to the next part of my life. So thank you again to all the people that have supported me through this, whether it was through cheers, training, coaching or anything else at all.
Since Edwards had lost four of his last five bouts, and would have likely been let got by the UFC, the news isn’t too surprising. Of course, that doesn’t mean fans won’t miss seeing the “Thugjitsu Master” in action.
Edwards has long been a fan favorite due to his striking prowess and aggressive style, which were on full display in memorable wins over the likes of Jeremy Stephens, Rafaello Oliveira, and Josh Thomson (old school fans will never forget Edward’s flying head kick victory over the latter in 2004).
The American Top Team fighter made his pro debut all the way back in 1997, when MMA far, far removed from the main stream. His first UFC bout took place in 2001, and he lost via majority decision to Matt Serra.
During his career, Edwards also fought for PRIDE, Elite XC, Strikeforce, and Bellator, and was viewed as a top tier 155’er for some time.
Edwards retires with a pro record of 42-22-1. Chances are we aren’t going to see too many 60 fight plus records kicking around, moving forward.