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Middleweight standout Ivan Salaverry (Pictures) has hung up his gloves for good and will no longer compete as a professional fighter. The decision came almost a month following his last bout -- a first-round submission loss to Rousimar Palhares (Pictures) at UFC 84 "Ill Will" in Las Vegas. Salaverry retires with a 12-7 career record.

"Basically, I am just not prioritizing fighting anymore," Salaverry told Sherdog.com. "Even though I love fighting and I had a great run and I enjoyed it, I've transitioned to other things. There are quite a few variables as to why I stepped away and not just one. I'm older now; I'm 37 and not 27. I also have some injuries that are just not recovering, too. And within that scope, I have my school and my two kids. Fighting is not just a priority anymore."

Salaverry's decision to step out of the spotlight shouldn't come as a surprise. His fight with Palhares was the last under his contract with Zuffa, parent company to the UFC, and the Seattle resident hinted beforehand that his performance against Palhares would greatly influence his next move.

Salaverry lost in surprising fashion to the highly touted Brazilian prospect via a deftly executed armbar, though the Chilean-born Canadian cites additional considerations that came into play with his decision to call it a day.

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Post #1   6/23/08 9:56:53AM   

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Well thanks alot Ivan for those great 10 years or so. It was always a pleasure to watch him fight. And what a smart guy :


"The nature of this sport is that the new, younger guys come in and beat up the older guys. That's just how it is. I think that once you lose that focus to continue fighting, that hunger, it's time to let it go. I'm not going to be that 40-year-old-plus fighter struggling through small promotions and hanging on for dear life to those few remaining athletic years."


Hear that Ken Shamrock???

Post #2   6/23/08 10:08:23AM   

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I hate to see him go

Post #3   6/23/08 11:17:14AM   

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damn good fighter...good luck to him.

Post #4   6/23/08 10:10:12PM   

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I'd say he's the guy who got me really interested in MMA at the beginning :( He definately will be missed.

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another good fighter out of Washington state sad to see him go.........

Post #6   6/24/08 12:20:23AM   

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I'm glad that he came to this realization on his own, rather than having the fans talk smack about a fighter who has always put on a good fight. Lately he's been a stepping stone to legitimize fighters (Terry Martin and Michael Bisping).

Salaverry is one of the most intelligent fighters and I hope a hall of fame spot is reserved for him.

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my favorite salaverry fight is vs joe riggs.........he hits him with two great up-kicks and joe diesel falls into his triangle.........thanks ivan

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Posted by MMA_Needs_Mayhem

I'm glad that he came to this realization on his own, rather than having the fans talk smack about a fighter who has always put on a good fight. Lately he's been a stepping stone to legitimize fighters (Terry Martin and Michael Bisping).

Salaverry is one of the most intelligent fighters and I hope a hall of fame spot is reserved for him.



Meany!

Terry Martin has had a few bad fights, but he's only lost 2 of his last 7 fights, and 1 was vs Leben, whom he was raping till the end of round 3 where Leben made a prayer.

And Bisping? Bisping only has 1 loss man, and thats to Rashad Evans who I have ranked #5 in the world at LHW.

Too picky!

Post #9   6/24/08 1:11:27PM