Bellator’s Summer Series kicked off with a bang this past Wednesday, featuring a great KO from King Mo Lawal and a one sided ass kicking from Jacob Noe. The guys on the other side of those equations, Seth Petruzelli and Babalu Sobral, have now both retired. Babalu hung em up in the cage, or more accurately laid em down, taking his gloves off and leaving them on the canvas immediately following his fight. Here’s what he said:
“It’s kind of highly emotional for me to talk about this right now, but I think maybe I’ve been in the cage more than everybody in this room here,” he said. “I lived the life. That’s what I want to say. I have no regrets. I was happy to help this sport grow.”
“I’ll keep continuing to help the sport to grow, but I won’t fight anymore,” he said. “I wished for a good fight. I wish I could have been faster. I wish I could have been stronger than I used to be. But my body cannot continue to do this anymore, and it’s time for me to step out. This is a sport that I love, and I wish I could fight longer.”
Seth Petruzelli was in no shape to say anything following his loss to Mo, and released a statement this morning:
“I want to thank my family, friends, fiancée and fans for being by my side these past 13 years plus of my MMA career. Every time I fought it was to please and excite you but most of all make you proud of me. Up until a couple years ago it pleased and excited me as well. That is where I went wrong, for the past couple years I have been fighting for the wrong reasons, I don’t have the desire or drive to fight like I used to and the past couple fights have shown it. So at this point in my life I would like to officially announce my retirement from the sport of MMA. Competing has been a part of my life since I was 6 years old, now I would like to put more of an effort into seeing my students/fighters do the same and making my gym grow and flourish. MMA has taken me around the world, let me meet the best and worst of people and made me feel like the brightest star but also like a black hole at times … and I have no regrets because I did it all my way.”
Sad to see them go, but at the same time nice to see guys retiring at the right time. Instead of having to watch them get outclassed by the next generation of killers, we can now just look back at their amazing past performances instead.
(pic via MMA Weekly)