You think what Jon Jones did was bad, wait until you hear what Jorgen Kruth did.
The Swedish Thai boxer, who was set to fight Fabio Maldonado at UFC on FUEL TV 5 on Sep. 29 in Nottingham, England, has apparently decided to retire just three weeks ahead of the bout, leaving the Brazilian Maldonado without an opponent.
Swedish magazine Expressen broke the news today, and it was translated by our friends at Studio MMA.
“I have been thinking for a long time. However I feel it’s time now,” Kruth told Expressen. “I neither have the motivation or focus and my body doesn’t respond anymore. I’m not getting the results that I want. I’m not in the top level to compete anymore and feel it doesn’t work anymore. If I don’t reach my best then I don’t want to compete anymore, I will retire now while I’m up there.”
The 38-year-old Kruth had a long career in kickboxing, going 71-14-2 in the sport. However, he transitioned to MMA in 2009 and went 5-0, prompting the UFC to call for his services. He was set to fight Cyrille Diabate at UFC on FUEL TV 2 this past April in his native Sweden, but was forced to pull out with an injury. Apparently his body is just too beat up now, but it would have been nice for his opponent Maldonado had he made his decision a few weeks ago so a suitable replacement opponent could be found.
It’s unclear at this time if Maldonado will still get a fight or if the boxing specialist will be pulled from the event entirely.