UFC lightweight Paul Taylor has retired from mixed martial arts after withdrawing from a planned UFC Fight Night 30 matchup with Anthony Njokuani.
UFC officials announced Taylor’s withdrawal and retirement via Twitter on Friday. Njokuani will now face Al Iaquinta at the Oct. 26 event, which takes place at Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England. The evening’s main card is headlined by a pivotal middleweight clash between Michael Bisping and Mark Munoz and airs live on Fox Sports 1.
Taylor, 33, joined the UFC in 2007 and racked up a 4-5 record during his time with the promotion. The Englishman last competed in February 2011, when he knocked out Gabe Ruediger with a second-round head kick at UFC 126.
Since his knockout of Ruediger, the UFC has attempted to book “Relentless” several more times, but injuries always prevented the Brit’s Octagon return. Taylor was actually supposed to face Njokuani on three separate occasions, but the pairing was simply not to be. The 19-fight pro now leaves the cage with an 11-6-1 career mark with one no-contest. Eight of Taylor’s wins came by way of stoppage, and he was never knocked out in more than eight years of competition.