Yves Edwards (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)UFC Fighter Yves Edwards Retires Michael Davis December 1, 2014 News, Spotlight After competing professionally in mixed martial arts for nearly 18 years, Yves Edwards has decided the time is right for him to hang up his gloves. The word “veteran” gets thrown around a lot in mma, but Edwards truly embodied it. Putting together 64 professional fights in organizations such as the UFC, Pride, Elite XC, and King of the Cage. Edwards has truly seen it all and done it all. His exciting style made him a fan favorite and led him to 33 finishes in his 42 victories. Out of those finishes, he submitted 17 of his opponents, which led to his nickname, “Thugjitsu Master.” After suffering a submission loss at UFC Fight Night 57, Edwards was emotional and the writing was on the wall for retirement though he didn’t come out and say it. Yesterday he released a statement via his Facebook page. It reads as follows: “I’ve thought about how to say this for a week now, but there’s no better way than to just do it. So here goes; 1st I’d like to say thank you to all the people that I’ve met through and because of fighting, friends, training partners, coaches, fight fans, doctors and even some promoters/matchmakers. A lot of you guys have always shown me nothing but love and I really appreciate that. Fighting has been a part of my life ever since I was 17 and that makes this a hard pill to swallow but it’s time for me to end this chapter and move on to the next part of my life. So thank you again to all the people that have supported me through this, whether it was through cheers, training, coaching or anything else at all. -Yves” There’s no doubt that the mma world is wishing Edwards a healthy retirement.