A very exciting UFC flyweight prospect has decided to retire from MMA.
In a somewhat shocking occurrence on Saturday, flyweight prospect Jimmy Flick announced his retirement from MMA at the regional MMA event Freestyle Cage Fighting event in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Corner & The Causal podcast captured the footage of Flick’s retirement speech at FCF 61.
“A lot of people keep asking me where I see myself in 10 years. ‘Where do you see yourself in the UFC?’ To be honest, everybody, the UFC is not my dream anymore. A lot of people won’t understand why,” Flick said inside of the FCF Cage. “It’s hard to explain, and it does bring tears to my eyes, but the UFC is not looking out for me. My wife is looking out for me, my kids are looking out for me, and that’s what I want. I want to be their father. I want to go to work every day, come home and be with my family. I want to spend time with my little girls. I want to spend time with my wife.”
“And I’ve found out I don’t want to be the next Conor McGregor or the next Demetrious Johnson. So I step in this cage tonight and telling everybody that I’m retiring from mixed martial arts. I’m gonna pursue the other goals in life that make me more happy than fighting ever did.”
Flick also said that he accomplished his three 2020 goals: not to drink pop, make $100,000, and make the UFC walk.
“The Brick” leaves MMA with a 16-5 record. The announcement was surprising as he had his best year in 2020. He won the flyweight titles at FCF and LFA. He then would get the call to compete on Dana White’s Contender Series and would dominate Nate Smith to win a contract. Flick would then make his UFC debut on the last card of 2020 and be award Performance of the Night for his efforts, as he submitted Cody Durden with a flying triangle. Quite the year.
Flick was scheduled to make his second UFC appearance against Francisco Figueiredo on May 8, but it looks like that won’t happen after all.