GMA member Tom DeBlass has decided to retire from MMA fighting.
The leader of Ocean County BJJ and a Ricardo Almeida Jiu-Jitsu black belt just released a statement via his Facebook profile announcing his decision and presenting the reasons that led him to it.
Here is what he wrote:
“After a lot of talk with my family and Coaches. I have decided to retire from fighting and focus on my family, my Academy, and helping my students to achieve their goals. I have had the opportunity to win the Pan American games, the No Gi World Championships, and National Championships, the Abu Dhabi trials and compete in Abu Dhabi. I have competed all over the world at 30 years old. I fought for Ring of Combat and won their titles. I made it to UFC in a year and a half. I know I am no where near my prime, however I feel my time is better spent else where. At this time I feel it’s best for me to give my time to others, and spend more time with my family. The drive to keep fighting is not there any longer. I have an amazing Academy and feel my students need my full attention. Maybe I will return to Jiu-Jitsu competition. Thanks to everyone for the support. It’s been an awesome ride. God Bless” – Tom DeBlass.
Tom DeBlass, 30, has a 7-2 MMA record and his last fight was against Riki Fukuda, at UFC Macau, last November 10, when he lost via unanimous decision.