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MMA Crossfire – Canadian veteran Mark Bocek announces his retirement

Mark Bocek (12-5-0), the veteran Czech-Canadian lightweight who compiled an 8-5-0 record inside the UFC announced his retirement on his Twitter page today.

A student of the BJJ game for over fifteen years, Bocek was first noticed by the UFC as an instructor.

His accomplishments include a World Cup Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion title, 3-time Pan-American games medalist, 2-time Grapplers Quest US national champion and a 5-time Canadian grappling champ.

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“After seeing UFC 2, I knew that I had to be a fighter,” he said on his UFC profile page.

Amoung Bocek’s UFC highlights were submission wins over Dustin Hazelett at UFC 124 in Montreal and Joe Brammer at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweight Finale.

He fought the best in the division, losing tough bouts to Jim Miller and eventual champions Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson.

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Mark Bocek and Benson Henderson at UFC 129 in Toronto. Josh Hedges/UFC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

The Henderson match was at the memorable UFC 129 card in Toronto’s Rogers Centre with a crowd of over 55,000.

The 32-year-old’s last UFC match was a split-decision win over Mike De La Torre at the Ultimate Fighter: Nations Finale in April.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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