- Alessio di Chirico announced his retirement on social media after a KO loss at UFC Paris
- “Manzo” apologized to his supporters for his underwhelming recent performances
Following another devastating KO loss at UFC Paris, Alessio di Chirico has decided to finally hang the gloves.
The 32-year-old was knocked out by his opponent Roman Kopylov in the third and final round of their middleweight clash. It was Di Chirico’s second KO loss, having suffered a first-round KO loss to Abdul Razak Al Hassan at UFC Vegas 35.
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Manzo says goodbye
In a lengthy post on social media, “Manzo” announced his retirement and apologized to his fans for not finding success in his recent fights.
“I wrote this message hundreds of times, hot blooded, cold blooded, alone, after talking about it with the people I love and every version got me crying,” Di Chirico stated. “This is a message to all my fans: You’ve been crazy last night in Paris, I really felt your presence into the octagon. Every shot I ate was less painful because of you, you were my shield. At the beginning of the second round when I realized I couldn’t take him down, that he was taller and faster than me I thought ‘I don’t care I’ve got so many people behind me let’s make it the hard way, I’m not going to feel any pain’. Sadly, it was not enough. Sadly I gave you another defeat.
“I can’t think about how hard the people who really love me suffered for me and with me throughout my entire career, I’m sorry for every one who just cared about me even if we don’t know each other, I’m so grateful. I think it’s time to move to another chapter in my life. I know that’s no coming back from there, I know I will miss it so badly. I know it’s the right time to stop. Thank you so much for being here with me in my last battle. I love you, Manzo,” he continued. “Don’t be afraid, I’m not gonna leave the canvas. There are many more goals to reach I’m going to talk to you soon.”
It’s not too late
Di Chirico has a professional record of 13-7 and has been in the UFC since 2016. Though he only won four of his 11 fights under the UFC banner, “Manzo” is still a bit young to call it a career at 32 years old. Will he consider signing with another promotion in the future? Let’s wait and see.