UFC lightweight veteran Mark Bocek quietly brought the curtain down on his competitive MMA career by announcing his retirement via Twitter. It seemed an appropriate way for the 32-year-old Canadian fighter to bid farewell. Bocek was never one for trash-talk, but proved his toughness during a 13-fight Octagon career that produced a respectable 8-5 record. He earned two Submission of the Night bonuses during that tenure.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist decided to retire on his own terms, despite a recent run of success that produced three victories in his last four bouts. Bocek’s last UFC appearance came in April against Mike De La Torre at the TUF Nations Finale in Quebec City. A bloodied Bocek had to dig deep to earn his final Octagon triumph via split-decision after three hard-fought rounds.
Bocek finished his career with a record of 12-5 that featured seven submission victories. He secured notable wins over Nik Lentz, Dustin Hazelett and John Alessio during his UFC tenure and faced many of the division’s best. Bocek competed against the likes of former 155-pound champions Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson and also faced current top-10 lightweights Jim Miller and Rafael dos Anjos. He made his debut with the promotion back at UFC 73 against Edgar. The TKO loss to “The Answer” was the only time in Bocek’s career that he was stopped via strikes.
The Tristar Gym product’s best run of Octagon success was back in 2008-09 when he recorded consecutive submission victories over Alvin Robinson, David Bielkheden and Joe Brammer. It’s rare these days to see a fighter leave on a high note, but that’s exactly what Bocek is doing. He thanked all of the people who helped and supported him during his journey and seems comfortable moving on to the next chapter of his life. He can do so with his head held high after a lengthy UFC run that began back in 2007.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports