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Luke Sanders announces retirement from MMA

Luke Sanders is 2-2 since joining the UFC. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Former UFC bantamweight Luke Sanders has called it a career.

The eight-fight octagon veteran and former RFA champion made the announcement via his Instagram on Thursday. “Cool Hand” turns the page to the next chapter of his life with a professional record of 13-5.

“I’m officially retiring after eight UFC fights, two Performance of the Night awards, multiple records held in my division and whipping everybody’s ass that was put in front of me,” Sanders wrote. “It’s been a great ride.”

Sanders made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 81 in January 2016 and picked up a first-round submission win over Maximo Blanco, earning a performance bonus in the process.

The 35-year-old compiled a 3-5 record with the promotion, which also included a bonus-earning second-round TKO win over former bantamweight champion Renan Barao at UFC on ESPN 1. After dropping back-to-back bouts to Nate Maness and Felipe Colares, the UFC parted ways with Sanders, along with eight others, in May.

While competing for RFA, Sanders also picked up victories over UFC vets Darrick Minner and Terrion Ware.

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