UFC Lightweight Shane Roller Announces Retirement from MMA

Scott Harris@ScottHarrisMMAMMA Lead WriterOctober 8, 2012

Oct 5, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Jacob Volkmann (left) fights against Shane Roller (right) in their lightweight bout during the UFC on FX 5 at the Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE
Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Shane Roller has retired from MMA, according to an announcement posted Monday on the lightweight fighter's Twitter feed.

Looks like I'm hanging up the gloves for good. It was fun, but time to move on. Sux that it ended like that. Now startn the next chapter!!

— Shane Roller (@shaneroller) October 8, 2012

Roller, 33, lost to Jacob Volkmann by first-round submission at Friday's UFC on FX 5 event. The setback was his fourth in his last five bouts and ran his UFC record to 2-4. He retires with an overall professional record of 11-7.

A heavy-handed wrestler who was a three-time All-American while wrestling for Oklahoma State University, Roller initially made waves in the now-defunct WEC, where he defeated standouts including Jamie Varner, Danny Castillo, Thiago Tavares and Anthony Njokuani. His final victory came at UFC 148 over John Alessio.

Roller also lost to current UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, as well as title contenders like Anthony Pettis and Melvin Guillard.   

There was no immediate indication of Roller's future plans.

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