Win or lose, Cyrill Diabate to retire after UFN 37

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Cyrille Diabate is one of the most elite kickboxing and Muay Thai practitioners to fight inside in the Octagon and is 4-3 in the UFC. However, regardless of the outcome of his bout at Ultimate Fight Night 37, Diabate will be retiring from professional combat sports:

The 40-year-old fighter, from France, on Thursday told MMAjunkie that his fight against Ilir Latifi at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 37 event in London will be his last.

Diabate (19-9-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and Ilir Latifi (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) close out the preliminary card of the show, which takes place at O2 Arena in London and streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Diabate’s retirement announcement is far from typical. Sure, at 40, perhaps the thought of him retiring from fighting shouldn’t come as much surprise. But “The Snake,” one of the sport’s elite kickboxing and muay Thai practitioners, said he nearly just threw in the hat a year ago – only to work his way back for one more fight.

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