Mar 15, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Quinn Mulhern during the weight-in for UFC 158 at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Quinn Mulhern retires following UFC Fight Night 34 loss


Following his UFC Fight Night 34 loss against Katsunori Kikuno, Quinn Mulhern is calling it a career. Mulhern has decided to hang up his gloves and retire from the sport of MMA.

Mulhern was 3-1 in StrikeForce before signing with the UFC. After multiple injury problems, Mulhern has gone 0-2 in the promotion, and has not looked very impressive in either bout. Mulhern went on Facebook to announce his retirement yesterday:

Hey guys. First, just let me express how grateful I am for the love and support of a whole community of people. Especially those folks who have been with me from the beginning of my MMA career. I love you all, thank you.

The dust hasn’t settled exactly so I wouldn’t normally do this now…but it feels like it’s the right time: I am retiring from MMA.

This camp was as perfect as they come. Everything fell into place, mentally, physically…my weight cut was a success. I got to a place of mental focus where I have never been before. But when I got in the cage I just didn’t have it. It wasn’t nerves, I didn’t freeze…I just didn’t have the physical gifts or skill the win. Bottom line is that I could put in years of continued work but I won’t be competitive at this level. Perhaps I’d get quite a bit better, but I think if rather spend that time on something new. I feel this in my bones.

So this is not a tantrum of self-pity. In fact, I feel very clear and good about this decision. I’m so grateful to have done what I’ve done. I’ve gotten to travel all over the world and to fight professionally over twenty times. But this is it.

Now what to do next is the question. I’ll leave that alone for a while. But I’m hopeful and excited for the next step.

The phrase that was the theme of my training camp was “All in due time.” I think that phrase is quite fitting, even now.

Love.

Quinn

It is not very often that an MMA fighter is as introspective as Mulhern is in his retirement sign-off. He believes that he is simply not gifted enough to compete at the highest level, and he deserves respect for his choices. Mulhern retires with a 18-4 record, and notable wins over Yuri Villefort and Rich Clementi.

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