"The Menace" is hanging up the gloves.
Halting a four fight losing streak at UFC Brooklyn Saturday night, Dennis Bermudez announced his retirement in the cage after a unanimous decision win over Te Edwards. The irony of his losing streak was that he lost three split decisions that could have very well went his way -- and did on many fan and media scorecards.
The newly 32-year old Bermudez (17-9) moved to Lightweight for the first time in his UFC career on his way to beating Edwards.
"It's pretty awesome to do it here in New York," Bermudez said to a great ovation. "I've been through some stuff and thought about hanging up the gloves after those four losses. I want my kids to look back at this, and even though I went through adversity, I ended on top."
A teary-eyed Bermudez announced that his uncle has cancer and isn't doing well, and dedicated the fight to him.
Bermudez ends his UFC career 10-7, not including his 3-0 run on a 2011 edition of The Ultimate Fighter that saw him defeat Jimmie Rivera. Career highlights include his 2012-14 winning streak of seven, that featured four Performance bonuses. His unbelievable UFC 157 fight with Matt Grice is considered among the best in featherweight history. Most famously, Bermudez holds a UFC 160 victory over Max Holloway.
Fightful would like to wish Bermudez the best in his future aspirations, and thank him for the memories inside the cage.