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UFC welterweight Alan Jouban is retiring from MMA competition.
Jouban (17-7 MMA, 8-5 UFC) announced Monday on social media that he’s decided to hang up his gloves and move on from active competition after 13 octagon appearances.
The 38-year-old American last competed at UFC 255 in November, earning a unanimous decision win over Jared Gooden. He now moves on with plans to focus on his broadcasting career.
Check out Jouban’s full retirement statement below (via Twitter):
I’d like to officially announce my retirement from MMA. Fighting and the @ufc have given me everything I have today! I would not change a single thing from my journey because I got to live my dream and not know what was next.
My coaches, my teammates, those of you that were apart of this, I appreciate you so much! Thank you to my supporters and even my opponents along the way. Injuries, age and life have shown me that it’s time. If I can’t compete to my fullest, then I won’t.
So I’ll focus my time now on broadcasting where I can still share my passion and knowledge for the sport with with everyone at home. Thank you to everyone for all the love over the years. I look forward to becoming a staple in the sport from this end now aswell.
Jouban made his MMA debut in February 2011. He went 9-2 on the regional scene before he was signed to the UFC, where he made his debut in August 2014 with a opening-round knockout of Seth Baczynski.
During his tenure with the UFC, Jouban racked up four “Fight of the Night” bonuses, and earned notable wins over Mike Perry, Belal Muhammad and Ben Saunders.
Jouban has been a common presence on UFC broadcasts over the past year, but not appearing inside the cage. He’s worked as a studio analyst for UFC and ESPN, and with the door closed on competing, it appears that position will consume the entirety of his attention.