UFC Veteran Tina Lahdemaki Announces Retirement

The first ever women’s strawweight division fight in UFC history took place at UFC Fight Night 45 on July 16 of 2014, with Claudia Gadelha defeating Tina Lahdemaki by unanimous decision.

One half of that historical fight in Lahdemaki has announced her retirement from professional MMA, ending that career with a record of 5-1-0 and with an amateur MMA record of 6-0-0.

Lahdemaki, in a statement to Sherdog, stated that a plethora of injuries lead to the decision to retire.

“After several injuries and not being able to fight or even train properly, I have been forced to make the tough decision to quit fighting for now. I wish this wasn't the way I have to end my career and it was not an easy decision to make, but overall it has been a good run and I met lots of great people and had great experiences and now it's just time to move on.”

A now retired Lahdemaki picked up victories over Olga Denisenko, Paulina Suska, Linn Wennergren, Stephanie Lelo Page and Karla Benitez during her career. Lahdemaki hadn’t fought since that loss to Gadelha at UFC Fight Night 45, which took place almost four years ago.

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