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Video: Kurt Pellegrino Gets Serious for a Moment, Explains His Decision to Walk Away

(Props: MMADiehards)

You may know Kurt Pellegrino as the wacky-ass UFC fighter who will fart and shake-weight for your amusement, but listening to his new interview for MMA Diehards, it’s clear that his decision to walk away from the sport was something he took very seriously. As he explains, he didn’t want to be away from his new son in the same way that he missed spending time with his daughter due to the demands of training, and retirement has been on his mind since his fight against Rob Emerson back in February 2009. He also claims that he would still be retiring even if he won his last fight against Gleison Tibau. As he says at the 2:44 mark:

I did not want to fight no more when I fought George Sotiropoulos. I had three leg surgeries. I shattered my hand. I got kicked in the face by Alberto Crane to where the right side of my brain hurt for a month…I have a hard time boxing because my hands hurt. And then when I fought George, I didn’t think I wanted to do it no more. Even when I fought Fabricio [Camoes], I just didn’t want to do it. It’s not fair for me or the UFC for me to be in their organization and not give a shit. So I think the most noble thing to do is to step away and give someone else an opportunity.

Good luck, Batman, and thanks for the memories.

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oc in this bitch- June 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm
what a standup guy,good spirit great fighter.hopefully he has one more in him.ive always been a pellegrino since i saw him in his debut when my homie mccully had his debut.what a great run he had.
Dinksmack- June 5, 2011 at 8:27 am
Love ya Kurt. Always my fav fighter.
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weedrulz15- June 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm
I was also expecting him to finish with "and besides, Nate Diaz called me a fag..."
mDino- June 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm
nate diaz flexed the life outta him. which is tough to do considering nate has less muscle on his frame then cris cyborg.
Kimbos Bread- June 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm
I am/was a Pellegrino fan and I was sad that he was leaving, but this video didn't make me feel any better about his retirement.
Fried Taco- June 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm
I had kinda gotten the feeling he didn't really want to be out there fighting anymore.