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Ultimate Fighter 9 winner James Wilks retires

A few years back welterweight James Wilks followed in the footsteps of fellow Brit Michael Bisping by winning the Ultimate Fighter. Unfortunately, fast-forward to today and it appears Wilks will never have a chance to emulate his countryman’s success let alone compete inside the cage again.

The 34-year old recently took to Twitter to announce he had hung up his gloves for good due to an undisclosed injury. Wilks will now focus his time on teaching at his gym (Lightning MMA in Laguna Hills, California).

Wilks hasn’t fought since an October 2010 loss to Claude Patrick at UFC 120. The stumble dropped his overall record to 7-4 and 2-2 inside the Octagon. He emerged as a talent to watch on TUF 9, winning the show by submitting DaMarques Johnson in the opening round of their bout at the finale.