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UFC lightweight Yves Edwards retires from MMA

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After nearly 70 professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fights, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight veteran Yves Edwards is dropping the curtain on his cagefighting career, which includes appearances for UFC, Strikeforce, EliteXC, and even PRIDE.

From his official Facebook page:

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.

Yves

Edwards (42-22-1, 1 NC), 38, was mired in a dreadful 2-6 slump and was finished in his previous two fights. "Thugjitsu Master" holds knockout wins over Jeremy Stephens, Rafaello Oliveira, and former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson.

He was a "live by the sword, die by the sword" type of fighter, and he will be missed.

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