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Ultimate Fighter 9 winner James Wilks retires

A few years back welterweight James Wilks followed in the footsteps of fellow Brit Michael Bisping by winning the Ultimate Fighter. Unfortunately, fast-forward to today and it appears Wilks will never have a chance to emulate his countryman’s success let alone compete inside the cage again.

The 34-year old recently took to Twitter to announce he had hung up his gloves for good due to an undisclosed injury. Wilks will now focus his time on teaching at his gym (Lightning MMA in Laguna Hills, California).

Wilks hasn’t fought since an October 2010 loss to Claude Patrick at UFC 120. The stumble dropped his overall record to 7-4 and 2-2 inside the Octagon. He emerged as a talent to watch on TUF 9, winning the show by submitting DaMarques Johnson in the opening round of their bout at the finale.


  • Lord Faust says:

    I can’t find any information on his injury, but read several reports that he’s got some major memory problems. A shame…

  • MCM says:

    Aside from Ross Peason, no one on that season stood out. Sucks if it’s a memory problem for Wilks but I doubt anyone is even gonna notice he’s gone.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    It’s related to his neck/back and a threat of paralysis (per an article I just saw on MMAJunkie).

  • Lord Faust says:

    Figures, the one site I didn’t check their version of the story and they included details.

  • fitfreak says:

    I wondered what happened to this guy.

    I can’t believe it was his decision to quit. I’m surprised he was allowed to compete if they knew his injury was that serious.

  • Angry Mike says:

    The memory problem is that nobody remembers the guy. I didn’t, and I watch TUF faithfully. I think I need to retire.


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