Despite being 30, Ultimate Fighter 8 alum. Kyle Kingsbury is contemplating retirement after a string of tough losses.
Kyle’s UFC career did not start out that well either when he lost a decision to middleweight fighter Tom Lawlor. After that he won four straight bouts, taking out the likes of Jared Hamman, Ricardo Romero, and winning a tough decision against Fabio Maldonado. From there he ran into a road block in the first Ultimate Fighter runner up, Stephan Bonnar as he lost a decision. He unfortunately had to welcome current light-heavyweight hot shot Glover Teixeira to the UFC and was rewarded with a first round submission. Next, he took on another promotional debuting fighter in Jimi Manuwa where he was soundly beaten for two straight rounds. The fight was only stopped due to the doctor after the second, because Kingsbury’s face was just a bit too busted up.
Kingsbury has not committed himself to retirement thought and does want to take some time away to see where his mind is at. Currently he is riding a six month suspension due to facial laceration from his loss to Manuwa. He has said he will take that time to see what happens. He does point to fan opinion as something that affects his own, because he does not want to be one of those fighters that fans point to as someone who could never attain a title. In his words, “Nobody gets into this sport to be a millionaire by being a fighter. People get into this sport to beat someone’s ass and to get the title.”
Kingsbury points to Dan Hardy as a perfect example for where he is at. Hardy was another fighter who had a bad string of losses, and took nearly a year away from the sport. In that year he found the fire to compete again, and has returned to better results. Only time will tell what Kingsbury’s decision will be, but no one can ever say that he did not give it his all in the octagon.