[ads1]After more than a decade of competing as a professional MMA fighter, 33-year-old Seth “The Silverback” Petruzelli (14-8) has announced his retirement:
“I want to thank my family, friends, fiancé and fans for being by my side these past 13 years plus of my MMA career. Every time I fought it was to please and excite you but most of all make you proud of me. Up until a couple years ago it pleased and excited me as well. That is where I went wrong, for the past couple years I have been fighting for the wrong reasons, I don’t have the desire or drive to fight like I used to and the past couple fights have shown it. So at this point in my life I would like to officially announce my retirement from the sport of MMA. Competing has been a part of my life since I was 6 years old, now I would like to put more of an effort into seeing my students/fighters do the same and making my gym grow and flourish. MMA has taken me around the world, let me meet the best and worst of people and made me feel like the brightest star but also like a black hole at times. ..and I have no regrets because I did it all my way.”
Petruzelli suffered a brutal one-punch KO from King Mo at Bellator MMA 96 on Wednesday. It was the Floridian’s second straight knockout loss in Bellator, having been bested by Jacob Noe via first round TKO back in January in the Season 8 light heavyweight tournament quarterfinals.
Petruzelli is best known for exposing the farce that was Kimbo Slice inside the MMA cage back in 2008, stepping in at the last minute for an injured Ken Shamrock in the EliteXC main event on CBS — and knocking Kimbo out in just 14 seconds.
However, at ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) we most remember Petruzelli for that time back in Sept. 2008 (yes before he KO’d Kimbo) we asked him during an interview how he got his nickname. He said, “A lot of people don’t know this but the Silverback actually has the smallest penis-to-body ratio in the animal kingdom so I don’t like to say that that’s one of the main reasons why but it’s probably the main reason.”
That’s Seth Petruzelli.