Bellator saw light heavyweight Renato Sobral hang his gloves up for good after a loss earlier this week and now, a few days later, a second 205er from the card has decided to announce his retirement. 33-year old Seth Petruzelli took to Facebook earlier today where he revealed he’d decided to focus his energy on his gym and students from here on out instead of preparing himself for fights.
”I want to thank my family, friends, fiancé and fans for being by my side these past 13 years plus of my MMA career. Every time I fought it was to please and excite you but most of all make you proud of me. Up until a couple years ago it pleased and excited me as well. That is where I went wrong,” explained Petruzelli. “For the past couple years I have been fighting for the wrong reasons. I don’t have the desire or drive to fight like I used to and the past couple fights have shown it. So at this point in my life I would like to officially announce my retirement from the sport of MMA.”
“Competing has been a part of my life since I was six years old, now I would like to put more of an effort into seeing my students/fighters do the same and making my gym grow and flourish,” he concluded. “MMA has taken me around the world, let me meet the best and worst of people and made me feel like the brightest star but also like a black hole at times. ..and I have no regrets because I did it all my way.”
The fun-loving Petruzelli was blasted by Mo Lawal in the first frame of their headlining match-up at Bellator 96. The loss was his second straight by way of strikes. He will exit the sport with a 14-8 mark including twelve TKOs of his own and past wins over Dan Severn, Ricco Rodriguez, and Kimbo Slice.