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Costas Philippou retires from UFC

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Well, you can't say we didn't see this coming.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Costas Philippou, 35, has retired from active mixed martial arts (MMA) competition following a unanimous decision loss to Gegard Mousasi at the UFC Fight Night 66 event last May in the Philippines.

UFC mouthpiece Dave Sholler ends the Twitter speculation.

Uriah Hall is probably somewhere shaking his head.

Philippou (13-5, 1 NC) made a name for himself with a five-fight winning streak from 2011-12, but was unable to keep that momentum going when matchmakers turned up the heat. The former Ring of Combat (ROC) slugger ended his Octagon run at just 1-3, including a high-profile loss to top contender Luke Rockhold.

Not that it matters, since he didn't care about the title anyway.

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