The Polish retirement: Krzysztof Soszynski puts career in hands of doctor

UFC light heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski has a lot to smile about after a successful UFC career ... but is he ready to hang up the gloves for good?

After getting pasted by Igor Pokrajac in the first round of their light heavyweight bout back at UFC 140: "Jones vs. Machida" earlier this month, former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 contestant Krzysztof Soszynski was ready to call it quits.

At least, he thinks he was.

That's because his retirement announcement, where he declared he "was done," was captured on Dana White's UFC 141 video blog earlier this week. The post-fight clip featured a still-frazzled "K-Sos," who may (or may not) have been speaking in haste.

Either way, he doesn't remember speaking at all.

But after the dust had settled following the Dec. 13 pay-per-view (PPV) event, Soszynski wasn't ready to call it a career -- but at the same time he's not ready to guarantee a return, either.

"The Polish Experiment" breaks it all down for The Province:

"The truth of the matter is that everybody knows I've been having some knee problems. I've been having knee problems since UFC 110 - the first fight with Stephan Bonnar. Ever since then, my knees just haven't been the same. We basically beat the crap out of each other, and ever since then I haven't been the same. I've basically been fighting maybe 50-60-percent capacity. I've been fighting with these obstacles now for close to two years. I've had five knee surgeries in that time - three in the last seven months or so. I possibly have to go under the knife again - I'll go see my doctor next week - so we'll see; depends on what the doctor says. If the doctor says I can get back to fighting, I would love to have at least one more fight, and go out the proper way, not the way I did against Igor. But if the doctor says that's about it, I'm going to respect that."

Soszynski defeated Mike Stewart and Kyle Kingsbury en route to the TUF 8 semifinals, but was upended by eventual finalist Vinny Magalhaes.

His performance was good enough to earn him a call back, where the former International Fight League (IFL) standout went 6-3, including a pair of memorable bouts against fellow TUF guy Stephan Bonnar.

Health permitting, there's a strong chance we'll see Soszynski back inside the Octagon in 2012. If so, who would you like to see him face in what could be his farewell fight?


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