‘I Was Fighting for All the Wrong Reasons’- An Emotional Jimmy Flick on His Retirement From UFC

Published 04/13/2021, 2:04 PM EDT


UFC Flyweight Jimmy Flick shocked the MMA community as he announced his retirement from the sport. Flick, a Dana White’s Contender Series alumnus, grabbed all sorts of headlines in the last fight card of 2020. He submitted Cody Durden.

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‘The Brick’ retired from the sport with a record of 16-5. But at 30, his decision was very unexpected and rather uncalled for.

However, family issues seemed to be the main driving force behind his decision. Recently in an interview, an emotional Flick explained the reason behind his bizarre decision.

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I tried to push myself I tried to justify why I was doing what I was doing. Over Easter weekend, I had a conversation with my father. I haven’t talked to my father very much.

“And that conversation made a big difference on me in life. I thought my dad was gonna change his life to come be in my corner in the UFC to be there,” Flick started.

I thought that would change my dad’s life, thought it would change my brother’s life. sat him, let him know, you know, I still want you all there. I want you all in my life. I believe in y’all. I love y’all. Like we did this together and didn’t make a difference.

“So I found out, I was fighting for all the wrong reasons. I was still fighting, to try to get my dad back, to get my brother back,” added the submission specialist.

But Flick revealed he couldn’t get his family back together and despite trying to contact him, he is yet to talk to his father after his revelation. His passion is not there anymore, and he doesn’t feel driven to achieve bigger things.

Jimmy Flick explains how a fighter’s life goes

Flick, a lifelong competitor, offered fans some insight into the difficulties that a fighter faces in life. He has been competing in MMA since 18 years of age.

What’s more, ‘The Brick’ said he has been going through the gruesome process of cutting weight since he was a second-grader.

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But, it seems like it was his family issues that forced his decision to eventually retire from MMA. After arriving as a bright prospect, Flick started off his career really well in the promotion with a highlight-reel win.

Unfortunately, that was the last act for ‘The Brick’ as he walks away from his trade. What did you make of Jimmy Flick’s shocking decision? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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