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

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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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