UFC veteran Din Thomas and Bellator record-holder Brent Weedman retire from MMA

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Two long-time mixed martial arts (MMA) veterans have decided to call it quits at the conclusion of 2013, with Din Thomas and Brent Weedman announcing their respective retirements from the sport over the holidays.

When you think of Bellator MMA, Brent Weedman is probably not the first name that pops into your head.

Though he didn't enjoy the success and garner the same recognition as the likes of Eddie Alvarez, Hector Lombard and Michael Chandler, Weedman does have something that neither of those three former champions don't:

The most fights, 12, under the Bellator banner.

Weedman's management team, Suckerpunch Entertainment, released a statement (via MMA Fighting).

"Brent called us over the holidays to let us know this was a hard decision for him and he is very grateful for all the opportunities he has had along the way. With the latest addition to his family, Brent wants to simply focus on being a dad, husband and his post fight career."

Meanwhile, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney commented on Weedman's contributions to the mixed martial arts (MMA) organization:

"Brent is a great fighter and even better human being. I've been around athletes for over 20 years and Brent exemplifies what it means to be a true professional. Brent competed for us a record 12 times and will always be a member of the Bellator family. I wish nothing but the best for Brent and his family in the future."

Weedman leaves MMA with a 22-9-1 record (8-4 Bellator).

Joining him in the line to collect his 401K is former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight contender Din Thomas.

"Dinyero" released a statement (via worldeinnews.com) after seeing Josh Barnett and Anderson Silva -- two fellow long-time veterans -- come up short in their respective bouts at UFC 168 last weekend.

"UFC 168, Weidman vs Silva, could have driven the last nail in the coffin of any idea that anybody from my era could still be champion. Anderson Silva failed to re-claim his title after suffering the 2 worse losses of his career to the undefeated, Chris Weidman. Whether Silva manages to ever return to the Octagon or not, this fight was career ending. Josh Barnett, our last heavyweight hopeful was unsuccessful at moving closer to owning the UFC heavyweight title that he once owned. His plans were foiled by Travis Browne. This trend is not necessarily a testament of the evolution of the new UFC athlete, but provides further evidence that my colleagues from the Golden Age of MMA are now of the "Olden Age" of MMA. Despite the sorrow that this harsh reality brings to me, any relevant fighter from the 90s, or the old-school, genuine fans that supported us, it certainly brings comfort to my decision to officially retire over this monumental weekend. I suppose, misery does love company."

Thomas ends his 15-year MMA career with a 26-9-1 record and was last seen losing a unanimous decision to Georgi Karakhanyan at Legacy Fighting Championships 19 this past April.

During his three stints with UFC, Thomas racked up a 5-4 record in the Lightweight division.

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