The retirements keep on rolling out as the MMA equivalent of the Baby Boomers hit that point in their lives where diminishing paychecks for ass whuppings at the hands of the next generation of killers no longer sounds as great as it once did. Latest up is Gilbert Yvel, who’s lil retirement speech is my favorite yet:
“I’ve been fighting for the last 16 years. … I’m done. I’m tired. I don’t want to punch nobody anymore. I want to teach people, train and have fun. I’ve been fighting for 16 years. That’s a long time.”
Violence is a young man’s game and at this point Yvel sounds like he has evolved like a Pokemon from an ass kicking fighter to a more zen martial arts master – not bad for a guy who used to be notorious for dirty and violent tactics.