“I’m Officially Done With Fighting”-UFC Middleweight Charles Byrd Retires From MMA After UFC 250 Loss

Published 06/07/2020, 12:26 AM EDT


UFC Middleweight Charles Byrd decided to walk away from MMA following a TKO defeat to Maki Pitolo. ’ Kid Dynamite’ has pulled the curtain on his MMA career after dropping his third straight bout with the promotion.

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The fight took place on the prelim portion of the UFC 250 fight card at the Apex Facility in Las Vegas. There was anticipation going into the fight as Byrd was returning to the Octagon after more than a year.

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The Fortis MMA gym fighter is walking away from the sport with a record of 10-7. He got his start in smaller organizations before entering the UFC’s radar. Charles Byrd picked up back-to-back victories in Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series and seemed to have an upward trajectory with the promotion.

Undoubtedly a talented Middleweight, Byrd just never seemed to find his way in the fight with Pitolo. He appeared to take off his gloves following the fight, signaling the end of his career.

In a social media post, Charles Byrd released a statement expressing his gratitude for his supporters.

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Charles Byrd is moving on

“I’ve never been afraid to fail or try. Never thought I’d say this at this moment but I’m ok and accepting that sometimes things in life don’t go as expected.

“Mentally and physically prepared for this bout. But the outcome didn’t go my way. I’m ready to explore that next chapter and path God has for me.

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“I appreciate the love and support from everyone friends and family through this journey I call my fight career. Achieved many great things for myself and developed a lot of memories. But time waits for no man. So with that, I’m officially done with fighting.”

Considering his recent difficulties, Byrd’s retirement doesn’t come as a shock to MMA fans. Although retirements are rarely followed through in MMA, it appears as though Charles Byrd has walked away on his own terms.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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