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Friday, 01/03/2014, 05:58 am

After 8 years as a pro in MMA, 3 years with Bellator, Brent Weedman retires

Brent Weedman started his professional MMA career on September 10, 2005 with a draw against Scott Henze. He then went on to win his next 2 fights by finishes, he then lost his next fight to Gray Maynard at WEF: Orleans Arena. Then Weedman had some ups and downs before he had his first fight for Bellator on April 29, 2010 at Bellator 16.

Weedman spent his last 3 years in MMA with the Bellator organization where he was in 5 tournaments as a lightweight and welterweight. He was in the finals of the season 6 lightweight tournament and made the semi-finals multiple times.

Suckerpunch Entertainment released the following statement on Facebook announcing Brent Weedman’s retirement from the sport.

“We are sad to announce that @BellatorMMA standout @brent_weedman is retiring from MMA. Brent called us over the holidays to let us know this was a hard decision for him and he is very grateful for all the opportunities he has had along the way. With the latest addition to his family, Brent wants to simply focus on being a dad, husband and his post fight career. It has been a pleasure working with Brent and watching him climb the ranks in Bellator. We look forward to what the future holds for Brent and his family and wish them all the best! You will always have a home at SP if you decide to come back Brent! Cheers!”

Dan Hornbuckle had his first fight for Bellator just a week before Weedman and posted the following comment on Facebook regarding Weedman’s retirement.

“Not yet buddy you and I have one more!!! Jk. It’s been a pleasure and honor. Started opponents ended friends. I love this sport.”

Hornbuckle and Weedman first fought on Dec. 31, 2006 at LOF 12: Black Tie Battles, where Hornbuckle won via submission. The two met again at Bellator 35 on March 5, 2011, but this time Weedman would get the win via decision (unanimous).

In the story released on mmafighting.com Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney commented on Weedman’s contributions to the company with the following statement.

“Brent is a great fighter and even better human being,” Rebney said. “I’ve been around athletes for over 20 years and Brent exemplifies what it means to be a true professional. Brent competed for us a record 12 times and will always be a member of the Bellator family. I wish nothing but the best for Brent and his family in the future.”

Brent Weedman ends his MMA career with a 22-9-1 pro MMA record.

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