2023 MMA retirement tracker: A list of former UFC champions, legends and more who hung up the gloves

MMA is a constantly evolving sport with a revolving door of athletes entering and exiting. Currently, fighters from the era who helped make the sport so popular are beginning to trickle away from competition and hang up their gloves in order to move on to the next chapter in life.

If there’s one thing that’s well known about combat sports retirements, though, it’s that they often don’t last long. The urge to compete, and perhaps more importantly get a payday, will continue to drive fighters back even well beyond their expiration dates.

2023 already has seen an uptick in notable fighters announcing they are done with the sport, and we have a list of those who have opted to walk away this year (the list will update as new retirements are announced).

Leah Letson

Leah Letson

MMA debut date: Nov. 22, 2014
Retirement date: Jan. 9, 2023
Age: 30
Record: 5-2
Notable win: Julija Stoliarenko
Source: Letson’s retirement

Claudio Silva

Claudio Silva

MMA debut date: Nov. 10, 2007
Retirement date: Jan. 16, 2023
Age: 40
Record: 14-4
Notable wins: Leon Edwards, Nordine Taleb, Danny Roberts
Source: Silva’s retirement

Mauricio Rua

Mauricio Rua

MMA debut date: Nov. 8, 2002
Retirement date: Jan. 21, 2023
Age: 41
Record: 27-14-1
Notable wins: Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Forrest Griffin, Alistair Overeem, Quinton Jackson
Source: Rua’s retirement

Glover Teixeira

Glover Teixeira

MMA debut date: June 7, 2002
Retirement date: Jan. 21, 2023
Age: 43
Record: 33-9
Notable wins: Jan Blachowicz, Quinton Jackson, Anthony Smith
Source: Teixeira’s retirement

Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor Emelianenko

MMA debut date: May 21, 2000
Retirement date: Feb. 4, 2023
Age: 46
Record:
Notable wins: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Kevin Randleman, Mirko Cro Cop, Frank Mir, Chael Sonnen, Quinton Jakson
Source: Emelianenko’s retirement

Lina Lansberg

Lina Lansberg

MMA debut date: Dec. 29, 2012
Retirement date: Feb. 19, 2023
Age: 40
Record: 10-8
Notable wins: Macy Chiasson, Tonya Evinger
Source: Lansberg’s retirement

Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie