New Jersey native Tom DeBlass fulfilled a longtime dream by fighting in the UFC and, after losing in both of his Octagon appearances, it appears he’s ready to walk away from professional fighting and focus on life outside of the organization. The 30-year old middleweight recently revealed his decision to retire, explaining the fire to compete no longer burned as bright in his belly as it once did.
“The drive to keep fighting is not there any longer. I have an amazing Academy and feel my students need my full attention. Maybe I will return to Jiu-Jitsu competition. Thanks to everyone for the support. It’s been an awesome ride,” wrote DeBlass on Twitter.
“I have had the opportunity to win the Pan American games, the No Gi World Championships, and National Championships, the Abu Dhabi trials and compete in Abu Dhabi. I have competed all over the world at 30 years old,” the seemingly satisfied middleweight continued. “I fought for Ring of Combat and won their titles. I made it to UFC in a year and a half. I know I am nowhere near my prime. However, I feel my time is better spent elsewhere. I want more than one Academy. At this time I feel it’s best for me to give my time to others, and spend more time with my family.”
DeBlass lost both of his UFC fights by way of decision, most recently to Riki Fukuda this past weekend at UFC on Fuel 6. He leaves the sport with an overall record of 7-2.
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