‘It was my last fight under contract’ UFC heavyweight Ilir Latifi reveals shocking reason behind risky decision to fight while suffering from staph infection
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Ilir Latifi is a two-time national wrestling champion who now competes in the UFC heavyweight division. The Swedish fighter appeared in 25 MMA events where he had 16 wins and lost eight fights.
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🇸🇪 @LatifiMMA gets a big win over the ever-dangerous Boa Constrictor! #UFCVegas61 pic.twitter.com/HPlfDYNKAR
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) October 1, 2022
Latifi last fought against Russian MMA artist Aleksei Oleinik at UFC Fight Night 211where the Swedish fighter got a unanimous decision win. After the winning fight, he expressed his feelings in the post-fight interview with commentator Paul Felder about his fighting spirit as Latifi fought. with staphylococcal infection.
“Even this week, you see my leg is all swollen. I didn’t even tell my coaches, but I caught a staph infection two days ago. And as you can see here, my leg is all swollen. It’s an amazing sport but the margins are so small. You put in so much work and this thing happens on the last day. Today, in fact, when I woke up, my leg was swollen. I was like, ‘I can’t cancel anymore’, so I had to fight like this with a fever and a staph infection. But that’s part of being a fighter.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has deemed this statement to be a risky decision because there was a chance of more things happening in the game and they couldn’t tolerate that because the fighters didn’t even talk about it to the the coaches or the association associated with the game. Last Tuesday, the commission took the decision to suspend Latifi until a formal agreement is reached.
However, in the same post-fight statement, referring to his age, Latifi refers to his retirement of mixed martial arts, stating that his body could take no further damage and the fight would be his last appearance for the UFC.
“It was my last fight on my contract. I’m 40 now and I don’t know what happens after that. I wanted to say a special thank you to the UFC.
And then the suspension was given. Fans speculate that Las Vegas 61 was really the last appearance for the Swedish fighter.
Ilir Latifi teases retirement after UFC Fight Night 211 win over Aleksei Oleinik #UFCVegas61 https://t.co/e2OzCfNxel
— MMA Addict (@MMAJunkie) October 3, 2022