Longtime featherweight veteran Javier Vazquez retires from MMA

Photo by Tracy Lee via Combat Lifestyle

After 13 years and 21 fights in mixed martial arts, 35 year-old Javier Vasquez is hanging up the gloves for good.

"Showtime" has no time for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight standout Javier Vazquez announced his retirement this week after compiling a 16-5 record in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), including just one win in his lone appearance inside the Octagon, a unanimous decision victory over Joe Stevenson back in June 2011.

Vazquez, who still has fights remaining on his ZUFFA contract, explains his decision to Sherdog.com:

"I don't see a need nor a want to fight anymore. I feel like whether you like me or you hate me, people respect me. I do have fights left on my contract, but I just don't want to do it. I didn't want to be that guy that everyone is begging to retire. I did everything in my career on my terms. When I got back to the locker room after the Stevenson fight, I just knew I had nothing left. I had nothing left to prove. I knew my knee and my body had definitely had enough. I didn't want to do it. I just didn't want to do it anymore. The fear of stepping into the cage is just the fear I didn't want to experience anymore. I felt that technically it was the best I had ever been, mentally the best I'd ever been. Physically I'd had better days, but I was making it work. I'd modified my game and made adjustments in my style so that the injuries were almost hidden. I just don't want to fight anymore. I (wanted) to officially announce my retirement. I knew, I just didn't know how to say it and when to say it. I had nothing left to give anymore. I had nothing physically left to give."

The 35 year-old Vazquez has been in the fight game for 13 years and holds notable wins over Jens Pulver and Mackens Semerzier back in the old days of WEC. In addition, the rugged veteran has never been finished in his professional career, with all five losses coming by way of decision (three of them split).

Godspeed, Mr. "Showtime."

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