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UFC veteran Pat Healy announces retirement after knockout loss at ACB

UFC 159 Photos Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

“Bam Bam” is hanging up the gloves.

Pat Healy, a UFC and Strikeforce veteran, announced his retirement Saturday, hours after a first-round knockout loss against Magomed Raisov at ACB in Russia. Healy posted the announcement on his social media.

“Disappointing performance to say the least,” Healy wrote. “I thought about this a lot recently and that was my last fight. I can no longer compete at a high level. It’s been a hell of a ride. I’ve gone places and seen things I never thought I would.”

Healy, 34, is a 16-year veteran of mixed martial arts. The St. Louis native, who fought much of his career out of Oregon, competed for numerous promotions over the years, including the IFL, WEC, MFC, Titan FC and most recently ACB. Healy (31-24) was coming off a win over Brendan Loughnane last July coming into Saturday’s bout.

From 2011 until Strikeforce folded, Healy was one of the top lightweights in the organization. He won his UFC debut over Kurt Holobaugh in 2013 and then beat Jim Miller at UFC 159, only to have the win overturned due to a failed drug test for marijuana. Healy lost his victory and $130,000 in bonus money in the process. After that, he went on a four-fight losing streak and was cut from the UFC. Those losses came against extremely tough competition — Khabib Nurmagomedov, Bobby Green, Jorge Masvidal and Gleison Tibau.

Healy did have success thereafter in Titan and ACB, but wrote that he didn’t want to fight anymore if it wasn’t at a high level.

“I’ve had a chance to make friends and memories all over the world,” Healy said. “MMA gave me a life I only could have dreamed of. I will now focus on helping the next generation become successful and finally getting my BJJ black belt.”

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