Following loss to Patrick Cummins, Kyle Kingsbury retires from MMA

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Staying true to his word, light heavyweight Kyle Kingsbury retired following a one-sided loss to Patrick Cummins at UFC on FOX 12 in San Jose. Kingsbury, who was a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 8, had said that he didn't want to hang around as an average fighter.

After being dominated by the wrestler Cummins on the scorecards (30-27, 30-25, 30-24), Kingsbury retired in a statement with the UFC backstage.


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"I'm not sure if it was the time off or the fact his wrestling is so good, that I was never able to get comfortable in the Octagon," he said. "[Cummins] set his takedowns well and I really couldn’t do much to stop them. That was definitely my last fight. I told everyone I didn’t want to be a .500 fighter and so enough was enough.  It didn’t make sense to get beat up anymore."

The 32-year old Kingsbury lost his UFC debut against Tom Lawler at the Finale to TUF 8, but then reeled off four consecutive victories, an unbeaten streak that stretched for over a year-and-a-half. Things began to change at UFC 139 in San Jose in Oct. 2011, when Stephan Bonnar dominated him en-route to a unanimous decision.

Since that time, Kingsbury lost to former No. 1 contender Glover Teixeira and then Jimi Manuwa, a bout left him with a broken orbital bone through the course of punishment. Kingsbury considered retiring following the loss, and he hadn't competed for the last year-and-a-half after that before his return fight against Cummins.

Kingsbury finishes his MMA career with a record of 11-6-1.

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