Facing an uphill battle the past couple of years, UFC middleweight Costas Philippou has decided to hang up the gloves.
UFC Vice President of Public Relations Dave Sholler on Tuesday confirmed via Twitter that Philippou told the UFC that he is done fighting.
@mookiealexander he has indicated to UFC that he has retired. That should end the speculation for you.
— Dave Sholler (@Sholler_UFC) July 7, 2015
A Ring of Combat champion with a win over Uriah Hall before moving to the Octagon, Philippou lost his UFC debut to Nick Catone in early 2011. He quickly rebounded, winning his next five fights, including a win over Tim Boetsch, which put him on the path to title contention.
That, however, is when things came unraveled. He lost three out of his next four fights, with his only victory during that span being a knockout of Lorenz Larkin.
It appears his most recent loss, to Gegard Mousasi in May, flipped the switch on his career.
Philippou retires with a record of 13-5 with 1 NC.