De Deense MMA vechtster en de eerste vrouwelijke Scandinavische vechter in de UFC Anna Elmose heeft zojuist via Social Media te kennen gegeven dat ze stopt met haar actieve MMA carrière.
Anna Elmose (MMA 3-2/UFC 0-2) die in het dagelijkse leven werkt als makelaar kwam voor het eerst in beeld als tegenstandster van Germaine de Randamie eerder dit jaar in Rotterdam. De destijds ongeslagen Elmose verloor van de Nederlandse via TKO in de eerste ronde. Vervolgens ging Elmose twee gewichtsklassen omlaag, en vocht ze vorige maand in Belfast tegen Amanda Cooper. Elmose verloor dat gevecht via Unanimous Decision.
Bekijk hier het volledige statement van Elmose.
I’m retiring as a fighter. I’ve understood, that I no longer have the necessary desire, will to win or hunger to compete.
I have no excuses for my performance against Amanda Cooper. I’ve never been in better shape, I had awesome sparring and the weight cut went according to plan. I simply couldn’t get my pulse up, didn’t feel any kind of adrenalin rush and basically felt content.
When I entered the Octagon in Belfast, I didn’t get any kind of buzz at all. I just felt flat, and it was weird to experience, because I didn’t understand it at first. But when I knocked my opponent down, and I didn’t get the rush to finish the fight, as I usually do, I knew that my edge and desire simply was gone.
I honestly had no idea until the fight, that I have lost my “fighter heart”, and I really didn’t see it coming. I apologize to all I’ve let down, but I don’t have it in me anymore.
I live a very good life now, and I’ve realized, that I don’t have anything to fight for anymore. At the age of 32, other aspects of life now make more sense to me, but I don’t regret a thing.
I’d like to thank the UFC for giving me the chance to perform at the biggest stage in Martial Arts, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. What an adventure it has been!
Intensiti Fighter Management gave me dreamlike opportunities, and I’ll always be grateful for their treatment of me as an athlete. I can’t praise my management enough.
The team at Rumble Sports took me from being a chubby hobby-kickboxer to an elite MMA-fighter in only three years.
Thank you to everyone, who helped shape me as a fighter.
The panda is no longer endangered and it’s time for new dreams and adventures.