Pete Spratt retires from fighting, will focus on coaching

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Following a career that began in the late 90s, Pete Spratt has retired from mixed martial arts, at the age of 42. Spratt fought in the UFC over a decade ago, going 3-6, and has fought for numerous promotions, including Legacy FC, MFC, Strikeforce, and HDNet Fights.

He holds wins over Robbie Lawler, Rich Clementi, and TJ Waldburger in a career that included facing the likes of GSP, Matt Serra, and Josh Koscheck. Always trying to finish, of Spratt’s 25 wins, 22 were by submission or KO.

Mike Whitman covered his final fight.

Tim Means did not disappoint in his first fight since receiving his UFC release, as “The Dirty Bird” sent Pete Spratt into retirement with a first-round knockout at Legacy Fighting Championship 23.

Both men looked sharp early in their welterweight affair from the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas, though neither man could readily find his range until Means measured his man and delivered a violent elbow just over the top of Spratt’s right shoulder.

The blow landed flush behind Spratt’s ear, producing an audible smack and causing “The Secret Weapon” to short circuit. As one UFC veteran fell face-first to the canvas, the other pounced mercilessly, finishing the job with a hailstorm of punches that relieved Spratt of his consciousness 2:24 into the fight.

“I’m super happy to be here. Pete is a legend,” said Means. “I was trying to bait him into stuff, but he was doing the same thing. It’s chess in here. I just happened to land a big elbow, and I went for the kill.”

Following his defeat, Spratt told his hometown fans that he would now hang up his gloves.

“You’ve probably seen the last of Pete Spratt,” said the veteran. “Thanks, everybody, for coming out, but I had four guys win tonight, so it looks like it’s going to be better for me to be coaching than to be getting in here at 42 years of age.”

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