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Monday, May 14, 2012

34 Year Old TUF 9 Vet James Wilks Announces Retirement

Wilks (photo via UFC)

By FCF Staff

Former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor and Lightning MMA coach James Wilks has announced that he is retiring from professional mixed-martial-arts. The British fighter made the announcement via his Twitter account.

A few of you have been asking when my next fight is. Unfortunately, I have had to retire due to injury. Now coaching @lightningmma

Due to injuries, Wilks hasn’t fought since October, 2010, when he dropped a unanimous decision loss to Claude Patrick at UFC 120.

During this time with the UFC, the 34 year-old welterweight scored wins over DaMarques Johnson and Peter Sobotta, with an additional loss coming to Matt Brown.

Wilks reportedly told MMA Junkie that a persistent neck injury, which has evolved into a severe case of spinal stenosis, prompted a warning from his doctors that he should retire or risk paralysis.

The welterweight leaves active competition armed with a record of 7-4.

Wilks and fellow UFC vet Mike Guymon are instructors at the Lightning MMA facility in Laguna Hills, California.



posted by FCF Staff @ 2:20 pm
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