Gabe Ruediger, a veteran of The Ultimate Fighter and UFC, is retiring from MMA after a title defense in Tachi Palace Fights this coming February.
Ruediger, 35 years old, is 17-8 in his career, including three consecutive defeats since a six-fight win streak. He was stopped by Joe Lauzon and Paul Kelly during his second run in the UFC.
Ruediger will defend his TPF lightweight title on February 21 in California.
“There is one huge difference to this fight that sets it apart from any other. It is my last one,” Ruediger posted on his personal website. “I’ve decided to retire after this bout. I’ve spent over 11 years fighting MMA professionally and it’s time to close that chapter of my life.”
Ruediger said he intends to remain active in MMA, “teaching and progressing as a martial artist, not just as a competitor.”