UFC Middleweight Costas Philippou Retires
In a surprising move, UFC middleweight Costas Philippou has retired. We say “surprising” largely due to the lack of fanfare. Of course, for the more diehard MMA fans, it probably wasn’t too hard to see the writing on the wall. Philippou was removed from UFC’s rankings between cards, which normally only occurs if a fighter has been suspended or released from the roster. He then set his official UFC Twitter account to private, and changed his profile picture to a message telling his fans to unfollow him.
UFC’s Dave Sholler confirmed that Philippou had retired, and…well, that’s basically all there is to it, really. Philippou is perhaps best known for his controversial win over Tim Boetsch, as some fans feel the fight should not have been stopped and awarded to Philippou. But the fighter from Cyprus went far largely based on his strong boxing background, winning him five major fights in a row at his peak, as part of the Serra/Longo Fight Team with eventual middleweight champ Chris Weidman. However, his luck hasn’t been so great in recent years, as he’s lost three of his last four fights.
Philippou apparently had no fights booked in the foreseeable future, so it’s not as if his sudden retirement is screwing up plans for UFC. But still, we wish him the best in his life outside the octagon. When it comes to combat sports, it can be a good thing when an athlete gets to retire early, while they’re body is still in one piece, rather than later on when the concussions, dislocations, and other injuries have piled up.
All the best to you, Mr. Philippou.