Mats Nilsson announced his retirement on Saturday. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
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 hd.se 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.”