5 UFC Stars Who Might Retire By The End Of The Year 2023

8 months ago By Jhon Woug

In the relentless arena of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), fighters often face a stark crossroads: the decision to retire or continue their quest for glory. As 2023 unfolds, we find ourselves at the precipice of change, where some of the sport’s most storied warriors contemplate the final chapter of their careers.

Two icons, Shogun Rua and Glover Teixeira, recently penned their final verses in the octagon, leaving fans with bittersweet memories. Their farewells remind us that even the toughest warriors have their curtain calls.

1) Stipe Miocic

Widely regarded as the greatest UFC heavyweight of all time, finds himself at a career crossroads. After suffering a devastating KO loss to Francis Ngannou in 2021, the 40-year-old took a hiatus to recuperate and reflect on his future.

In January, Miocic tweeted, “I got a winner in July, hinting at a potential comeback. However, with Jon Jones scheduled to contest for the vacant heavyweight title at UFC 285 in March, questions swirl around about where the former champ fits into the equation. Could this be Stipe’s last chance to ride off into the sunset, leaving a legacy etched in gold?

2) Dominick Cruz

Often touted as the ‘G.O.A.T.’ of the bantamweight division, has had a career peppered with injuries and unfortunate setbacks. His journey began with the WEC’s merger into the UFC, where he clinched the inaugural bantamweight title at WEC 53, a historic moment as it marked the only UFC title fight held outside the promotion.

Cruz’s career is a testament to his resilience. After defeating Demetrious Johnson in 2011, a series of injuries kept him on the sidelines for three long years. A brief return in 2014 set the stage for another title run, but another injury dashed those hopes. In 2016, he returned in style, reclaiming the gold by defeating TJ Dillashaw and successfully defending it against old rival Urijah Faber.

However, Cruz’s fortunes took a sharp downturn at UFC 207, where he was soundly defeated by Cody Garbrandt, losing his title in the process. More injuries followed, sidelining him for an additional four years.

Since 2020, the former champ has stepped into the cage four times, securing victory on two occasions. Known for his impeccable movement and timing, Cruz’s unavoidable inactivity raises questions about his longevity. Could 2023 be the year he decides to hang up his gloves?

3) Jan Bachowicz

Renowned for his ‘Polish Power,’ has carved out a remarkable career spanning nearly a decade in the UFC. The Polish warrior experienced the highs and lows of the fight game, culminating in his Cinderella moment at UFC 253 in 2020. Bachowicz, after years of toil, secured a shot at the vacant light-heavyweight title and triumphed over Dominick Reyes.

His title defence against Israel Adesanya showcased his elite skills, making him the first fighter to hand ‘The Last Stylebender’ his first MMA loss. However, the taste of success can be fleeting in the world of MMA. In 2021, he surrendered his title to Glover Teixeira, a formidable adversary.

Bachowicz’s journey back to the top faced a hiccup when his fight against Magomed Ankalaev ended in a majority draw, halting his immediate quest for redemption. At 39, the question looms large: how much longer can he maintain his status among the elite? While he has demonstrated all the requisite skills, the sands of time wait for no one.

4) Holly Holm

Forever etched in MMA history for her sensational knockout of Ronda Rousey in 2015, is another fighter approaching the twilight of her career. “The Preacher’s Daughter” has tested herself against the very best in the business and left a piece of her heart in the cage.

Since the iconic Rousey victory, Holm has participated in ten bouts, emerging victorious on four occasions. Her most recent contest ended in a contentious decision loss to Ketlen Viera in May of the previous year. At 41, she continues to exude motivation and determination. Still, as she explores ventures beyond the UFC and mixed martial arts, the sands in her fighting hourglass might be dwindling.

The former boxing champion could potentially make a return to the ring before retiring from combat sports altogether. While her options remain open, her UFC contract features only a handful of fights. Thus, fans should cherish Holm’s remaining time in the cage.

5) Jorge Masvidal

The BMF (Baddest Motherf****r) champion, has set the UFC ablaze since joining the promotion in 2013. He’s eternally celebrated for his jaw-dropping flying knee knockout of Ben Askren at UFC 239 in 2019.

However, in the last couple of years, Gamebred has faced considerable challenges. He fought for the title twice, falling short on both occasions against Kamaru Usman. In addition, his arch-rival, Colby Covington, secured a victory over him at UFC 272 in March.

With three demanding losses in a row, fans are beginning to question how much of a challenge Jorge can pose for the welterweight elite. In 2021, Masvidal provided insight into his future, stating, “When I go to the gym with myself and the younger generations and I can no longer hang with them, then I know it’s time for me to hang it up. At 38, could 2023 be the year he pens his fighting swan song?.

More Recommendations
Unlock a World of Endless Discoveries: Your Personalized Recommendation Engine

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is a celebrated personality who has established himself both in the WWE field and Hollywood. He… Read More

3 months ago Jhon Woug

After the electrifying SummerSlam event, all eyes are now set on WWE Payback, scheduled for September 2, 2023, at the… Read More

8 months ago Sports Desk

The wrestling world is abuzz with anticipation as WWE’s flagship show, Monday Night RAW, is set to deliver a thrilling… Read More

6 months ago Jhon Woug

In the ever-evolving landscape of WWE, the power dynamics shift like tides in the ocean. Factions, stables, and alliances emerge… Read More

8 months ago Jhon Woug

All Elite Wrestling (AEW) burst onto the wrestling scene in 2019 with promises of a fresh, innovative, and fan-centric product…. Read More

8 months ago Sports Desk

To kick off the night, the Turmoil Match for the No. 1 Contenders’ Tag Team was pipped by the Creed… Read More

5 months ago Jhon Woug
Stories Going Viral
Unleashing the Power of Stories

In the world of professional wrestling, controversies are as inevitable as high-flying moves and dramatic finishes. The latest tempest to… Read More

8 months ago Sports Desk

The middleweight division in the UFC has been a battleground where young fighters have risen to claim championship glory. These… Read More

7 months ago Jhon Woug

After an exciting night of wrestling on Dynamite in New York City, AEW recorded Rampage Grand Slam. Dynamite Grand Slam… Read More

7 months ago Sports Desk

In the world of mixed martial arts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has become synonymous with excellence and showcases some… Read More

6 months ago Sports Desk

The WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view has a rich history dating back to 1987 when it was first held at the… Read More

6 months ago Sports Desk

Roman Reigns, the undisputed WWE Universal Champion, is scheduled to make his long-anticipated return to WWE SmackDown on October 13,… Read More

7 months ago Jhon Woug
Join Our Exclusive Newsletter and Stay in the Loop!