Two-Time UFC Competitor Mats Nilsson Announces Retirement from MMA

By Tristen Critchfield Jan 17, 2015
Mats Nilsson announced his retirement on Saturday. | Dave Mandel/

Swedish middleweight Mats Nilsson has elected to call it a career at 31 years old.

The two-time UFC veteran revealed his decision to Swedish news outlet hd.seon Saturday morning.

“I feel that I’m at the end of the road. I absolutely could go for another match for and perhaps win,” Nilsson said.

After compiling an 11-2-1 mark on the regional circuit – including two victories with Cage Warriors Fighting Championship – Nilsson dropped back-to-back fights to Luke Barnatt and Omari Akhmedov in his first two UFC appearances. Nilsson’s most recent setback, a unanimous decision defeat to Akmedov, came at UFC 182on Jan. 3.

Despite that difficult start, Nilsson told that he had already been offered another fight by the Las Vegas-based promotion before he chose to retire.

“….I’ve got everything I wanted and more, what more could I want?” he said. “I am extremely proud of what I have accomplished.”


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