‘The Ultimate Fighter 9’ Winner James Wilks Retires from MMA

Written by Tom Ngo
May 14th, 2012

UFC James Wilks

Over the weekend, “The Ultimate Fighter 9” winner James Wilks (Pictured) unceremoniously announced his retirement from mixed martial arts via his Twitter account. The 34-year-old cited injuries as his reason for walking away from the game.

After taking the welterweight tournament in June of 2009 by submitting DaMarques Johnson to earn a six-figure UFC contract, Wilks went on to lose two of his next three scraps inside the Octagon.

“Lightning” was last seen dropping a unanimous decision defeat to Claude Patrick at UFC 120 in October 2010.

He was expected to face Rory MacDonald at UFC 129, then Amir Sadollah at “UFC Fight Night 24,” but Wilks was forced to pull out of both bouts due to injury.

He hangs up his MMA gloves with a 7-4 overall record.

Thankfully, Wilks already has another gig lined up. The Brit is the head instructor of Lightning MMA, the facility he opened in Laguna Hills, California shortly after winning TUF 9.

On a side note –  We had the pleasure of interviewing Wilks on a couple of occasions and he was nothing but pure class. 5thRound.com would like to wish James and his family all the best!

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