Cyrille Diabate Says He Will Retire After UFC Fight Night 37
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 03.06.2014
Diabate to fight one more time against Ilir Latifi…
UFC light heavyweight fighter Cyrille Diabate has announced that he plans on retiring from MMA following his upcoming UFC Fight Night 37 bout against Ilir Latifi. The fight card is set for Saturday, March 8 and will be streamed on UFC Fight Pass. Below are Diabate discussing overcoming his injury after his previous loss to Jimi Manuwa and his plans to retire.
Diabate on how he contemplated quitting after his last fight: "At one point, just after the fight, I called it quits in my mind. I gave up. I've been doing this 20-plus years, and it's just frustrating to go through a camp of two and a half months, three months, and then to fight like that with that injury. Plus, the pain was just unbearable."
Diabate on why he continued and decided to come back for one more fight: "Pride definitely made me go back to fighting. I thought to myself, ‘I can't go out like that. This can't be the end of my career.' It was definitely motivation to continue and end up with a big performance."
Diabate on how tough his last injury was: "I had nearly a month without being able to put my foot on the floor. Then five months of rehab with a top-notch sports and medical facility in France. Eight months after the injury, I was able to go back to the gym. It was definitely very hard on the mind. It was a very bad experience as an athlete, just being handicapped like that. You've got to keep your mind focused on your goals and grit your teeth and go through it."
Diabate on his motivation and retiring after this bout: "The motivation when you're 40 years old is your biggest enemy. You've got to keep something in your mind that motivates you. For this fight, the motivation was not stopping with that kind of performance and that kind of injury. It was easy for me to get in the gym every day and work my ass off. But after this fight, I don't think anything is going to be motivating me enough to make those sacrifices and be in the gym daily."