Canadian UFC lightweight Mark Bocek has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts. The 32 year old posted a message on his twitter announcing the news and thanking everyone for their support throughout his career.
I’m retiring from pro mma.I would like to thank everyone who has helped me and supported me throughout this journey. Onto the next chapter.
— Mark Bocek (@MarkBocek) August 6, 2014
Mark Bocek leaves the sport on a high-note, coming off a split decision victory over Mike De La Torre at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale in April. However prior to making his return, Bocek had been battling injuries that kept him out of the Octagon for 17 months. Mark Bocek had won 3 of his last 4 bouts in the UFC–defeating Nik Lentz, John Alessio, and the aforementioned De La Torre, with his lone loss coming against top 10 lightweight, Rafael Dos Anjos.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt started competing in MMA in 2004, winning his first four professional bouts fighting in Canada before joining the UFC in 2007. Bocek began his UFC career with a loss to Frankie Edgar at UFC 73, but would bounce back to earn his first UFC victory over Doug Evans at UFC 79.
Mark Bocek achieved an overall career MMA record of 12-5, and 8-5 in the UFC—with 4 of his 5 losses to top 10 lightweights (Frankie Edgar, Jim Miller, Benson Henderson, and Rafael Dos Anjos). With 7 submission wins in his career, Bocek also earned two submission of the night awards in his victories over Joe Brammer and Dustin Hazelett.