MMA fighter Kurt Pellegrino has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts after suffering a defeat on Saturday to 25-year-old Brazilian fighter Patricky Freire.
Felled by an early punch Pellegrino took to the ground and grabbed Freire’s leg as the brazilian continues to punch at the now retired MMA fighter.
Shocking the crowd and a stunned Pellegrino the referee broke up the fight as Pellegrino continued to defend himself.
Although it was obvious that he believed the defeat was called prematurely Pellegrino was gracious in his loss, raising his hand to Freire while shaking a finger in disgust at the hissing crowd.
Later on he joked about his loss:
“I lost fair and square.”
After the fight Pellegrino said:
“I started my career in Atlantic City and I wanted to end it in Atlantic City too.”
In May Pellegrino announced a hiatus from the sport and then returned following the birth of his son Kurt Jr.
Pellegrino does have a fall back plan, he currently owns Pellegrino Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Lake Como and Inferno Training and Performance Center in Marlboro
If he remains retired Kurt Pellegrino will end with a 16-7 professional record. His career includes some major victories against the likes of Mac Danzig and Josh Neer. A Brazilian Jui-Jitsu black belt his victories include 10 wins by submission and two knockouts.
Kurt will truly be missed in a sport that continues to grow and adapt to changing times. Feel free to use our comments section to share your favorite Kurt Pellegrino fight memory.