Dennis Bermudez is going out on a win.
“Yeah, man, it is,” an emotional Bermudez told interviewer Jon Anik when asked after the fight if he was retiring. “It is. It’s pretty awesome that I get to do it here in New York. I’ve been through some stuff and I thought about hanging up the gloves after those four losses in a row and I want my kids to look back at this, and even though I went through adversity, I finished on top.”
Bermudez, who fights out of Lindenhurst, N.Y., snapped a four-fight losing streak with the win over Edwards and finished his UFC run with a 10-7 record competing primarily at 145 pounds. He is 17-9 overall as a professional, with notable wins over Max Holloway, Clay Guida, Matt Grice, and Tatsuya Kawajiri.
The 32-year-old wrestler was also a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 14, where he lost in the finals to Diego Brandao before going on to win his next seven UFC fights.
Post-fight, Bermudez also took a moment to recognize his uncle, who is battling cancer.
“My uncle has cancer,” Bermudez said. “He’s not doing well, this is what us Bermudez boys do. When we’re down and out, we come back, get it done. We win.”