Alessio Di Chirico has decided to call an end to his MMA career following a recent loss.
Di Chirico recently suffered his fifth loss through his last six bouts, getting finished in the third round by Roman Kopylov on a UFC “Fight Night” card.
Di Chirico, 32, announced his retirement through social media on Tuesday, just four days after that defeat.
“I feel that the time has come to hang up my gloves,” said Di Chirico, per translations. “I know it is a point of no return, I know I will miss it like crazy in a few years. But now more reasons are telling me to stop than to continue. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there for me in this last battle.”
Di Chirico first debuted as a pro in 2011. He joined the UFC roster in 2016 with an undefeated record of nine wins at the time.
The Italian middleweight struggled through most of his UFC run, winning just four of his 11 appearances.