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UFC vet Pat Healy retires after loss at ACB 78

UFC vetaran Pat Healy has decided to call it a career after his last loss.

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Pat Healy competed in Cechnya on Saturday night, where the long time UFC and Strikeforce veteran succummed to lightweight prospect Magomed Raisov. Shortly after sustaining the first round TKO loss at ACB 78, the 34-year-old decided to hang up the gloves.

Healy took to social media to announce his retirement from mixed martial arts.

“Thanks everyone for your support. 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.”

“I’ve had a chance to make friends and memories all over the world. 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.”

Healy compiled a 31-24 (1 NC) record in a career that started back in 2001. Among the many promotions he fought during that time, was the UFC, WEC, and most notably Strikeforce.

Prior to the organization being sold and folded, Healy went 7-1 in Strikeforce and was considered one of the top fighters in his division. His UFC debut win over Jim Miller was notoriously overturned, having him lose $130,000 in bonuses, due to an antiquated drug testing rule about marijuana that has since been changed.

He also beat top fighters such as Carlos Condit, Dan Hardy, and Paul Daley, while consistently fighting some of the very best lightweights in the world during his career. Healy’s other opponents include top fighters from various eras in Mixed Martial Arts, including Khabib Nurmagomedov, Jorge Masvidal, Josh Thomson, Chris Lytle, Jake Ellenberger, Denis Kang, Maximo Blanco, and Gesias Cavalcante.