UFC 300 warm-up: Remember the most notable retirements in the organization's history

In the warm-up for the historic event, remember the main athletes who said goodbye to MMA after years of successful careers

Amanda nunes retired from MMA in UFC 289 (Photo: Instagram/UFC)

Founded in 1993, Ultimate has seen the birth and end of the careers of the biggest stars in world MMA over the last 30 years. Warming up the turbines for the long-awaited UFC 300, which takes place next Saturday (13), the SUPER FIGHTS recalls the most notable retirements in the organization's history.

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1 – Amanda Nunes

Bantamweight and featherweight champion, Amanda nunes practically decimated her main competitors in two of the UFC's three women's categories. Without great opponents and without any interesting rivalry, the 'Leoa' decided to hang up her gloves after beating the Mexican Irene aldana in the unanimous decision of the judges in the UFC 289, held in June 2023. The scene of the Brazilian fighter kneeling between her two belts became one of the most memorable in the organization's history.

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2 – Donald Cerrone

Former lightweight title challenger, Donald Cerrone He was marked as one of the organization's most exciting athletes. Popularly known as the 'Standard Employee' for accepting fights at short notice and for his high frequency in the octagon, the 'Cowboy' starred in 38 fights in Ultimate, recording 23 wins, eight losses and one no-contest. His last professional appearance was a submission setback to Jim Miller No. UFC 276, in February 2022.

3 – Mauricio Shogun

M. Shogun was knocked out by I. Potieria in the UFC 283. (Photo: Reproduction/Instagram)

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Pride legend and former light heavyweight champion, Mauricio Shogun He didn't have good memories of his last professional fight. Responsible for closing the preliminary card of the UFC 283, held in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian was knocked out in the first round by the Ukrainian Ihor Potieria and announced that he would hang up his gloves while still in the Octagon. Then 39 years old, Shogun said goodbye to the sport with a record of 27 triumphs, 14 setbacks and one no-contest.

4 - Robbie Lawler

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Former owner of the welterweight belt, Robbie Lawler retired from the sport in an apotheotic way. Before Niko Price No. UFC 290, held in July 2023, 'Ruthless' delivered a brutal knockout to his rival in the first round, moving the audience in the arena and was applauded by the fans in his last fight as a professional. The American left MMA with a record of 30 wins and 16 losses.

5 – Korean Zombie

With an incredible story of overcoming and resilience, Zumbi Coreno was yet another athlete to have a memorable farewell to the organization. The former featherweight title challenger last acted in August 2023, when he was knocked out by Max Holloway. The Asian fighter said goodbye to the sport with a record of 17 wins and eight defeats.

6 – Glover Teixeira

G. Teixeira was surpassed by J. Hill in the UFC 283. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

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One of the great names in the history of Brazilian MMA, Glover Teixeira He also doesn't have good memories of his last fight as a professional. In front of a packed arena in Rio de Janeiro, the Minas Gerais native from Sobrália was largely dominated during five rounds by the North American Jamahal hill and saw his rival become the new light heavyweight champion in 'hostile territory'. The mentor of Alex Poatán he hung up his gloves with a record of 33 wins and just nine losses.

7 – Anderson Silva

U. Hall shows total respect to A. Silva after beating the Brazilian (Photo: Reproduction/Instagram)

Used to selling out arenas around the world during his middleweight reign, Anderson Silva had his last professional fight at the 'silent' Apex, the organization's home in Las Vegas (USA), in October 2020. Far from the peak in which he became the biggest name in the history of the division, the 'Spider' was knocked out by the North- American Uriah Hall in the fourth round and hung up his gloves with a record of 34 wins and 11 setbacks in MMA.

8 – Frankie Edgar

Former middleweight champion and one of the most exciting fighters to ever step into the Octagon, Frankie Edgar also had a melancholy farewell to the sport. On the card UFC 281, held in November 2021, 'The Answer' was brutally knocked out by Chris Gutierrez in the first round and retired from the sport with a record of 24 wins and 11 losses.

9 – Daniel Cormier

Former double champion and current commentator for the organization, Daniel Cormier left the sport after suffering a second consecutive defeat to Stipe Miocic, in a duel valid for the heavyweight belt. Eternal rival Jon Jones, 'DC' hung up the gloves with a record of 22 positive results and just three negative results.

10 – Khabib Nurmagomedov

K. Nurmagomedov in victory for the UFC. Photo: Reproduction / Twitter @ufc

One of the biggest names in the history of the lightweight division, Khabib Nurmagomedov can say, like few others, what it's like to retire after MMA. After finishing Justin gaethje No. UFC 254, held in October 2020, the Russian announced in the octagon that he was saying goodbye to the sport at just 32 years old and with an undefeated record of 29 consecutive victories.

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