Bellator veteran Brent Weedman retires from MMA

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When Bellator returns to action, the company will do so without one of its standout welterweights.

Veteran Brent Weedman has retired from the sport. The Louisville native, who will turn 30 next month, finishes with a career record of 22-9-1.

Weedman had been a part of Bellator since 2010, debuting with a knockout of Rudy Bears at Bellator 16. He compiled an 8-4 record in the company.

He participated in five Bellator tournaments, and reached the finals of the Season Six welterweight tourney, where he lost a decision to Rick Hawn. His final bout, on Oct. 18, was another loss to Hawn, also via decision.

Weedman's management, Suckerpunch Entertainment, posted a statement on Thursday.

"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," the statement read. "With the latest addition to his family, Brent wants to simply focus on being a dad, husband and his post fight career."

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney commented on Weedman's contributions to the company.

“Brent is a great fighter and even better human being," Rebney said. "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.”

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