Cyrille Diabate has put together a 22-year career in MMA, and feels that is enough.
Diabate announced his retirement prior to Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 37 contest with Ilir Latifi in London, saying it was the right time.
“I’ve got plans,” said Diabate, in an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “I want to open up a Snake Team in central Paris. I’ve got some acting to do. I’ve just put so many things to the side for 22 years.
“When you want to be a professional fighter and compete at this kind of level, you’ve got to be 100-percent focused.”
Diabate (19-10-1) went 4-4 in eight UFC bouts, including a loss to Latifi.
“I’ve had a fantastic career,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed myself. That’s it. It’s time to move on.”
UFC president Dana White also acknowledged the decision, saying, “He always comes to fight. He’s had a 22-year career, which is amazing in the fight business. I have a lot of respect for him.”