UFC light heavyweight veteran Krzysztof Soszynski has announced his retirement from professional mixed martial arts, citing memory and head concerns as the reason. ‘The Polish Experiment’ hasn’t fought since December 2011, losing via TKO just 35 seconds into his bout with Igor Pokrajac.
Krzysztof Soszynski posted a record of 6-3, defeating the likes of Stephan Bonnar, Brian Stann and Goran Reljic along the way. Known for his toughness and willingness to scrap, ‘The Polish Experiment’ was one of the most entertaining 205-pounders around, and will be sorely missed by fans of ‘stand and bang’ brawls.
After the loss to Pokrajac, Soszynski had teased that he would retire from the sport, though was then scheduled to make his return against Ednaldo Oliveira in December 2012, though fell out due to injury. He then stated back in October 2013 that he was still keen on making a return, but was unable to get back to 100%. Soszynski was keen to go out on a win, though unfortunately will not have the opportunity to do so.
“The plan was to have one more fight. I really wanted to have that tenth fight in, nobody ever wants to finish their career off of a loss.”
On his last fight, Soszynski had this to say:
“It was my first time ever literally getting knocked out cold. My brain didn’t wake up for probably about 40 minutes after the fight. There’s an interview, Dana White’s vlogs on there that I’m having an interview and stuff like that, I don’t remember any of that stuff.”
Since his hiatus from competitive action, the 37 year-old appeared in the movie ‘Here Comes the Boom’, and landed a major role in the film ‘Tapped Out’. It is unclear whether the Poland-born light heavyweight will continue his film career since announcing his retirement.
The two-time Submission of the Night winner and one-time Fight of the Night winner also had a stint at IFL, as well as Strikeforce. He retires with a professional record of 26-12-1, with just nine of his 39 bouts going the distance.
The Polish talent announced his retirement in studio on Inside MMA, and here’s to hoping his health concerns improve swiftly and he enjoys his life outside of the Octagon.