Veteran fighter Seth Petruzelli has decided to call it a career following his brutal knockout loss to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal at Bellator 96. The fighter announced his retirement via a statement on twitter.
“I want to thank my family, friends, fiancé and fans for being by my side these past 13 years plus of my MMA career. Every time I fought it was to please and excite you but most of all make you proud of me. Up until a couple years ago it pleased and excited me as well. That is where I went wrong, for the past couple years I have been fighting for the wrong reasons, I don’t have the desire or drive to fight like I used to and the past couple fights have shown it. So at this point in my life I would like to officially announce my retirement from the sport of MMA. Competing has been a part of my life since I was 6 years old, now I would like to put more of an effort into seeing my students/fighters do the same and making my gym grow and flourish. MMA has taken me around the world, let me meet the best and worst of people and made me feel like the brightest star but also like a black hole at times. ..and I have no regrets because I did it all my way.”
“The Silverback” amassed a 14-8 career record that featured two separate stints in the UFC. While he was a veteran of The Ultimate Fighter 2, he will perhaps be best known for his extreme short notice victory over Kimbo Slice at Elite XC: Heat in 2008. The win would help propel him back to the UFC, and while he was exciting, he was not able to gain any traction in the Octagon and was cut after two losses.
Petruzelli would land with Bellator for his final three fights, struggling with injuries after his initial victory in the promotion over journeyman Ricco Rodriguez before dropping bouts to Jacob Noe and the aforementioned bout with Lawal.