BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Dennis Bermúdez made the surprising decision to retire after his victory on Saturday night at the UFC on ESPN + 1.
Bermudez (17-9 MMA, 10-7 UFC) defeated Te Edwards (6-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) by unanimous decision in his lightweight debut, which took place at the Barclays Center. The victory broke his four-fight skid and put him on the winning track for the first time since August 2016.
Afterwards, Bermudez took off his gloves. UFC commentator Jon Anik asked if removing gloves was a sign of retirement, and Bermudez, 32, confirmed that it would be his last time entering the octagon.
"It's pretty incredible that I can do it here in New York," said Bermúdez, holding back the tears. "I've gone through some things, I thought about hanging the gloves after those four losses in a row, and I want my children to see this back, and even though I went through adversity, I ended up at the top."
With 17 UFC fights to his credit since 2011 (all but one of which took place in featherweight), Bermúdez holds the record that most of the takedowns landed in the 145 pound (46) story. His three-game losing streak in a split decision at the event is also tied for the longest time in UFC history.
When Bermúdez made his emotional retirement announcement, he also revealed that he was dedicating his performance to his uncle who has cancer.
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