Steven Peterson

Steven Peterson announces retirement from MMA: ‘There are more important things to life than fighting’

Steven Peterson has announced his retirement from MMA.

Peterson took to Instagram this week to announce he has decided to retire from MMA following his UFC San Antonio loss to Lucas Alexander. After the loss, Peterson said he was proud of all his accomplishments but knows his time in the sport is done as he is moving on to the next chapter of his life.


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“Bittersweet ending. I am proud of all my accomplishments and I regret nothing. I will never hold my head in shame! Win loose or draw, I have always put my entire heart into every performance,” Peterson wrote on Instagram. “I love this sport so much!! I really enjoy competing and it hurts to know that I won’t be fighting again, but I know this is the right choice because there are more important things to life than fighting. Continuing will only put at risk what I’ve worked so hard to accomplish. I got what I came for and I’m willing to put that at jeopardy at this point. It was never about the fame, money or hurting anyone. I fought for Respect!

“I believe I’ve earned that and now It’s my turn to pass the torch! 30 pro fights, more losses than I’d like, most of which I don’t agree with… Yet I accept and learned from each and every experience,” Peterson continued. “You don’t get to relive any moment, but you can create new ones! I seek to live in the moment and create moments that leave a lasting Legacy. This is the closing of one chapter and the start of so much more!! Stay tuned… The Ocho story loading…”

Steven Peterson (19-11) ends his career with 30 pro fights and fought eight times in the UFC going 3-5. In his career, Peterson won the LFA bantamweight title and had a Fight of the Night and a Performance of the Night bonus in the UFC. He also had notable wins over Chase Hooper and Martin Bravo.

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