UFC strawweight Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger is calling it a career.
The 31-year-old Phoenix native recently announced her retirement via Instagram. Jones-Lybarger is coming off a third-round submission defeat to Nina Ansaroff at UFC Fight Night 103 this past Sunday.
“Family, friends and fans, first of all I want to say thank you so much for all the love and support. It's something I can see and have felt throughout out my career and I'm very thankful for it all. I have been doing what I love for almost 9 years now and I can promise you I gave it everything I had,” she wrote. “Tonight I'm so excited to announce my retirement from fighting. I'm ready for what's next. I'm ready to be with my wife and kids, to be the best wife and most of all to be the best step mom to our girls. Kennedy and Ellie I love you both so much. I want to thank my coach John Crouch for always supporting me in and out of the cage. Thank you coach Eddie, Wil and Jarret! Thank you Mike Dolce for always being on my team. I owe everything to my brothers and sisters at the MMA LAB thank you.”
Prior to her UFC tenure, Jones-Lybarger competed for Resurrection Fighting Alliance, King of the Cage and Invicta FC. She captured the RFA 115-pound title by defeating Zoila Frausto at RFA 31. She signed with the UFC shortly thereafter, where she would losing back-to-back decisions to Tecia Torres and Randa Markos before her most recent defeat against Ansaroff. Jones-Lybarger leaves MMA with a 6-4 professional mark.