Brent Weedman retires from Bellator and MMA at 29

Brent Weedman (right) facing off against Rick Hawn (left) - via Bellator

Following his fifth turn through the Bellator tournament system, longtime promotional mainstay Brent Weedman has decided to hang up his gloves.

For some fighters the end of the road comes sooner than for others. Such is the case with Bellator welterweight tournament competitor Brent Weedman. The 29 year old is calling it quites after a 32 fight career that saw him go 8-4 over the past four years under Bellator contract. Suckerpunch entertainment, Weedman's management company, announced his retirement via Facebook:

We are sad to announce that @BellatorMMA standout @brent_weedman is retiring from MMA. 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. With the latest addition to his family, Brent wants to simply focus on being a dad, husband and his post fight career. It has been a pleasure working with Brent and watching him climb the ranks in Bellator. We look forward to what the future holds for Brent and his family and wish them all the best! You will always have a home at SP if you decide to come back Brent! Cheers!

Weedman made it to the finals of the Season 6 lightweight tournament, where he lost to Rick Hawn by unanimous decision. Apart from a cut TKO, Weedman was never knocked out in his pro-mma career. Bjorn Rebney gave a quote to MMAFighting on Weedman's retirement:

"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."

Weedman has been fighting for 8 years, so it's hard to say that he's stepping away early. At his age he certainly has all the time he needs to build a career outside of professional competition, and it wouldn't be hard to find one that offered more for his family than MMA. It's a difficult decision to step away from an athletic career when it still feels like you might have more good years to offer, but I can't say it's a bad move to make.

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