Jimmy Flick is considered one of the most exciting, up and coming flyweights in the UFC and he announces his retirement.
On Dec. 19, Flick (16-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) pulled off a highlight-reel submission with a flying triangle against Cody Durdenat UFC Vegas 17. Jimmy announced his retirement on Saturday at the Freestyle Cage Fighting event in Tulsa, Okla. His retirement speech was live-streamed by The Corner & The Casual on Facebook. Flick stated that he accomplished his goals in 2020 of not drinking soda, making $100,000 for the year, and making the UFC walk. Flick said he has three new goals which all have nothing to do with the UFC, or fighting in general, you can watch the announcement in the video below.
Jimmy Flick states: “I have three new goals in life: spend more time with my family, help my wife reach her goals, and, my third goal, is to finish the book I started over a year ago to tell my story, to tell my life, to tell everybody why I did this. 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 no more. A lot of people won’t understand why. 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.”
Jimmy had this to say to FightBook MMA: “It’s been a great run but after all the hard work, sacrificing and time put in over 12 years it’s not what I want anymore. I have a amazing family that has showed me what life is all about and a life that got me where I’m at in life. So please follow me for my book release to tell my story.”
Flick will finish his career with a 16-5 record and a four-fight winning streak all by submission. All of us here at FightBook MMA have been following Jimmy since the beginning of his MMA career. We will all miss watching him do what he does in the cage and we wish him nothing but the best for him in his future endeavors.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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