Kyle Kingsbury contemplates retiring from MMA after recent string of losses

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Battered and bruised, Kyle Kingsbury has some 'soul searching' to do before he decides if he will continue to compete in MMA after a recent face-breaking loss, which was his third straight inside the Octagon.

Stephan Bonnar may not be the only mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter to cash-in on his 401K soon.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight monster Kyle Kingsbury recently hinted that he, too, might be leaning toward retiring from the sport after suffering three consecutive losses inside the Octagon.

Appearing on "The MMA Hour" "Kingsbu" revealed his latest setback, which came at the ferocious hands, feet and elbows of Jimi Manuwa one month ago at UFC on Fuel TV 5: "Struve vs. Miocic," which lead to a six-month medical suspension because of multiple face fractures, has forced him to do some "soul searching" and evaluate whether or not he wants to continue fighting.

His words:

"I have no idea. They asked me for a quote right after the fight and I just said you know, I got some soul searching to do. I got to see where I'm at mentally, emotionally, and spiritually and really digest the whole situation. Digest the career, digest everything that's going on in my life and see if this is something I want to continue to do. Thankfully I got a six month suspension to figure it out, so it's not anything I have to decide right off the bat. But, it is something where you look at your career and, a lot of fans will look at me and say, 'That guy never had a shot at winning a title.' And, maybe they're right, but, nobody gets into this sport thinking, 'I'm going to be a millionaire by being a fighter.' People get into this sport thinking, 'I want to beat someone's ass and I want to try to get the title.' Getting to the UFC level and now being 4-4 as a UFC fighter, it was never my goal to come in and be a .500 fighter. It was never my goal to come in and win one, lose one, win three, lose three, that kind of deal. So, whatever I end up choosing, if I do end up wanting to fight again, I know there is going to be a period of time where I will work at trying to improve before I come back to the table to fight again. You look at a guy like Dan Hardy who took time after his losses and came back and he's well again. So, whatever the decision is, there is going to be sometime between now and the next one."

The American kickboxing Academy (AKA)-trained fighter had previously dropped back-to-back fight against Glover Teixeira and the aforementioned Bonnar.

Not exactly powder-puff talent.

Racking up an even 4-4 record with the promotion, Kingsbury say's that wasn't exactly the results he was expecting to produce during his stint fighting for the world's leading MMA company. Despite his recent string of losses, Kingsbury was known for bringing the fight time after time, leaving it all inside the cage and not backing down from an all out war as evidenced by his two "Fight of The Night" awards.

Should this be the end for Kingsbury as far as competing in combat sports, he doesn't necessarily rule out a return to action down the road, but for now, his career is at crossroads and it's uncertain what he will do next.

Stay tuned.

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