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UFC Vet Kurt Pellegrino Insists Retirement 'the Right Choice'

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Kurt Pellegrino surprised many when he announced last week on his website that he was stepping away from MMA, effectively retiring as a fighter. But to those closest to him, it likely didn't come as a surprise at all.

"I've been thinking about retirement since (fighting) Josh Neer (at UFC 101 in August 2009)," Pellegrino told host Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of "The MMA Hour." "I've been talking to my wife about it since then, anyway. When it was time to do it, I just said, 'Do it now.'"

Pellegrino said he wrote the post on his site, published it, and tried to not look back.

"I wrote this thing all out and pressed send," Pellegrino recalled. "I left my house and drove around for a bit. That was how I dealt with it, because it was a hard thing to do. Do I want to fight again? Right now, I kind of don't."

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Post #1   6/7/11 9:34:42AM   

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This actually makes me a little bit sad..!!

Post #2   6/7/11 9:37:21AM   

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It does make sense for him to do it, yeah it sucks for the fans because he was a fun exciting fighter. But it will be good for him and his family.

Post #3   6/7/11 10:09:48AM   

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Wow he was a great fighter and really put on some good shows and at least he knows when to walk away cough cough Tito Tito cough cough.

Post #4   6/7/11 10:09:54AM   

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Best of luck Kurt.

Post #5   6/7/11 10:35:29AM   

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Thanks for the memories, KP.

Now use the free time to learn how to read and write. It's time.

Post #6   6/7/11 1:19:31PM   

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Guys who fight in a cage earn the right to retire whenever they want. It's the type of sport where the body and mind are going to give out eventually. That time will be different for every fighter.

Pellegrino was a fun fighter to watch for sure but good for him for calling it quits on his terms. At some point family has to take over. Can't fight forever!

Post #7   6/7/11 1:52:14PM