This past week has been a rocky one for veteran Matt Wiman. After suffering a brutal slam KO loss at the hands of Jordan Leavitt on Saturday’s UFC VEGAS 16 event, the 37-year-old was reportedly released from the UFC roster on Wednesday following three straight losses.
Now, Wiman is ready to move on from the sport he’s competed in for the last 16 and a half years of his life. In a text message he recently sent to MMA Fighting, Wiman announced his retirement from professional competition, while also clarifying how his UFC run really ended.
Hey guys to be clear, I wasn’t cut, I wasn’t released. This was my last fight on my latest contract, and we mutually decided I can fight it out and go from there. I decided to retire shortly after the bout.
It was an easy, relieving decision that was harmonious with the promotion’s stance. This mind and body did everything it set out to do and more. Super pleased and grateful.
Wiman has been with the UFC since 2006 and had his share of battles against fellow veterans like Sam Stout, Mac Danzig, Cole Miller, and Dennis Siver. He ended his career with a record of 16-10 (10-8 in the UFC).