After a 66 fight MMA career, veteran Yves Edwards (42–22–1, 1 No Contest) has called it a career.
The fighter posted the following statement to his Facebook page after his loss to Akbarh Arreola at UFC Fight Night 57:
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.
Edwards’ career spanned seventeen years and multiple promotions. Most will remember Edwards for his time with the UFC, but he also competed in Strikeforce, Bellator, PRIDE FC, WEC, EliteXC, and MFC. Edwards was known as a ferocious striker as shown by his knockouts of Jeremy Stephens, Derek Noble, and Rafaello Oliveira. The most famous knockout of Edwards’ career came at UFC 49 where he faced off with Josh Thomson. After breaking free of Edwards’ standing back control, Thomson quickly maneuvered for a spinning back fist but was hit by a thudding head kick from Edwards. Thomson fell lifelessly to the floor and was put away by a few follow up punches from Edwards. The highlight reel knockout is regarded as one of the best in MMA’s history.
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