Tom DeBlass retires: 'The drive to keep fighting is not there any longer'

source: twitter

Following a unanimous decision to Riki Fukuda at UFC on FUEL TV 6 in Macau, UFC middleweight Tom DeBlass has decided to retire from competition to focus on his family and his academy.

After a lot of talk with my family and Coaches, I have decided to retire from fighting and focus on my family, my Academy, and helping my students to achieve their goals," wrote DeBlass. "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.

"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 no where 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.

"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.

"God Bless."

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American Shaolin site profile image  

11/15/12 10:53 PM by American Shaolin

Nobody wants to see DeBlass crippler or maimed for life, he has a family. He just isnt at the level to win a fight in the UFC. You guys can be offended if you want but it is true.

Rosky combat site profile image  

11/15/12 4:58 PM by Rosky combat

good luck Tom

stayrad site profile image  

11/14/12 4:45 PM by stayrad

Pretty much this, tough loss on Saturday she has had to deal with a lot recently

quality site profile image  

11/14/12 3:57 PM by quality

There are several UFC (and other MMA organization) guys in the same boat. They have thriving academies and the focus can't be on prepping for fights when you have a strong business that requires commitment going.Good luck Tom.

Nick Fury site profile image  

11/14/12 2:40 PM by Nick Fury

Best of luck man. Thanks!

Chris27 site profile image  

11/14/12 2:22 PM by Chris27

No need to be a dick.

Ryann Von Doom site profile image  

11/14/12 2:10 PM by Ryann Von Doom


PhilthyPhilgood site profile image  

11/14/12 1:14 PM by PhilthyPhilgood

Wish Tom all the best! American Shaolin = ASSHOLE

halfninja site profile image  

11/14/12 12:40 PM by halfninja

3 and counting....

Bootsy Collins site profile image  

11/14/12 12:31 PM by Bootsy Collins

You thought it necessary to post this verbatim in two separate threads on the subject?