Paul ‘Relentless’ Taylor has retired.
The British lightweight pulled out of the upcoming UFC Manchester event this week due to recurrence of old training injuries.
Having not fought in over two and half years, Taylor has decided that it is no longer feasible to pursue professional mixed martial arts.
Fighters Only has confirmed the retirement with sources close to Taylor’s camp and is hoping to speak with the Birmingham man later today.
“All his old injuries flared up in training,” the source tells Fighters Only. “He’s very disappointed not to be fighting on the Manchester card but there’s nothing he can do, these injuries just won’t go away.”
Taylor retires with an 11-6-1 record an one no contest. Despite regularly alternating wins and losses he was a huge fan favorite and also a favorite of the UFC top brass because of his fighting style, which gave rise to his nickname ‘Relentless’.
Originally little more than a pure kickboxer when he joined the UFC in 2007, Taylor went on a steep learning curve and also eventually dropped from welterweight to lightweight. His fights with the likes of Marcus Davis were instant classics.
His last fight was with Gabe Ruediger at UFC 126 and resulted in Taylor winning by way of head kick knockout in the second round. If that is to be his last venture in the cage it will stand as a fitting end to his MMA career.