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Mark Bocek Decides Enough Is Enough, Ends MMA Career

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UFC veteran Mark Bocek, who earned a split decision win over Mike De La Torre this past April, has announced his retirement from MMA.

Bocek (12-5) posted an 8-5 record inside the Octagon, including wins over John Alessio, Nik Lentz and Dustin Hazelett. He also fought – and lost – to former champions Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson, along with Rafael dos Anjos and Jim Miller during his run.

Bocek started his career with four first round finishes, including three via submission, to earn a shot in the UFC in 2007. He lost to Edgar by first round TKO, but rebounded to defeat Doug Evans.

In 2008, the Canadian lost to Mac Danzig, but reeled off three straight victories via rear-naked choke – including a standing rear-naked choke on Joe Brammer – over his next three fights.

The 32-year-old earned two “Submission of the Night” honors inside the Octagon. Bocek, from Toronto, trained out of the Tristar Gym and holds black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Kempo Karate.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    can’t believe he’s only 32, but good for him, always enjoyed watching him, top class grappler.
    Still young enough to get ahead in something new

  • Dufresne says:

    With his experience in the big leagues and his record, he should have no issues transitioning into coaching if that’s the route he chooses to go. He may have had an 8-5 record with the UFC, but those losses came to Edgar, Danzig, Jim Miller, Benson Henderson, and Rafael do Anjos, and those guy’s aren’t exactly scrubs.

    Thanks for the fun times Mr. Bocek, good luck in wherever life takes you next.


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