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Javier Vasquez Announces His Retirement With UFC Fights Still Left On Contract

Javier Vasquez sees no reason to continue fighting right now, despite still having bouts remaining on his UFC contract. Vasquez, who last fought in 2011 and defeated Joe Stevenson, made his retirement official on Sherdog’s Rewind radio show Sunday.

“I don’t see a need nor a want to fight anymore,” Vasquez said. “I feel like whether you like me or you hate me, people respect me. I do have fights left on my contract, but I just don’t want to do it. I didn’t want to be that guy that everyone is begging to retire.”

Vasquez exits the sport with a record of 16-5, with three losses coming by split decision. The 35-year-old added, “I did everything in my career on my terms.”

Vasquez competed in the WEC from 2009-2010, going 2-3. He defeated Jens Pulver and Mackens Semerzier via submission – finishing with 11 total submission victories in his 13 year career.