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Marion Reneau releases statement on retirement after UFC Vegas 31

‘The Belizean Brawler’ called it a career on Saturday night.

UFC Fight Night: Marion Reneau v Miesha Tate
Marion Reneau called it a career after her fight with Miesha Tate at UFC Vegas 31.
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

MMA and UFC veteran Marion Reneau left her gloves in the Octagon on Saturday night, announcing her retirement after a loss to former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate. ‘The Belizean Brawler’ ended her career with a record of 9-8-1 that stretches back to 2010.

The 44-year-old Reneau took to Instagram recently to thank a plethora of people for helping her live out her combat sports dream.

We started this together and we’re going to finish this together. “ ~Xavier

I’ll try and keep this short! Thank you again @danawhite for this opportunity. You have changed the life of my family and friends for the better. To my manager Dave @mmagold_management_ you kept it real! You ARE the best in the game!

@jim_west_gold You walked into my life when there was a HUGE transition going on and that never derailed your intentions to be a great mentor and friend and coach! @coach.mando You put your life on hold to help me follow this dream. You are my one TRUE King. No matter what, you were there at EVERY last road work training and more. Rain, shine, hail, fire...we went through the strom head on. I love you! @xcraddockx don’t think for one second you have gotten rid of me yet. But thank you for being REAL. A great coach and forever friend (you’re stuck with me bruh ) @diego__orozco You are my DAY 1 PARTNER. My family. Thank you. @coachperz You are an inspiration. You have inspired me with your words and your actions. And to all my sparring partners, friends, family and fans who MADE THIS AN EXPERIENCE I WILL TELL FOR YEARS TO COME.. you are all loved! THANK YOU

TRIFECTA MMA... let’s do it big! #HereWeCome

After spending her early fight career mostly within the NorCal fighting scene, Reneau joined the UFC in 2015. Her debut fight was a win over Alexis Dufresne. She followed that up with a submission win over future UFC strawweight champion Jessica Andrade.

Losses to Holly Holm and Ashlee Evans-Smith followed. After those disappointments Reneau went on a four fight undefeated streak. That started with a TKO win over Milana Dudieva in 2015. She then drew with Bethe Correia and TKO’d Talita Bernado before submitting former UFC bantamweight title challenger Sara McMann in February 2018.

Since the McMann fight Reneau went 0-5 in the promotion with decision losses to Cat Zingano, Yana Kunitskaya, Raquel Pennington and Macy Chiasson. Her TKO loss to Tate was Reneau’s first ever loss via stoppage.