Brett Cooper has been a staple of the Bellator roster since 2010 at their fifteenth show. Well as of today, he has decided to retire from the sport of mixed martial arts — at a ‘hi-level.’
“It’s looks as though I will be retiring from Hi-level competition in MMA,” Cooper said on his official Facebook page. “In order to compete at the highest level I would have to do certain things that I’m not comfortable with. It is time for me to be a dad and not be selfish anymore. I learned a lot from this sport and met a lot of great people. I don’t think there is ever a perfect time to call it quits but I think it’s time for me. I still have all my wits about me, I’m still articulate, and still able to do stuff I want to do with my family. I’d like thank certain people that have helped me in my career from start to finish such as Tracy Hess, Antonio Mckee, Mark Munoz, Rafael Cordiero, Danny Perez, Coach Paul La Blanc, my main man Vince Ortiz, and more. A lot of people never get a chance to pursue their passion or dream in their life but I am very grateful to be able to do so. Even if I did not get where I wanted to go, I have no regrets and cherish the experience. Thanks again for all your support. Feel free to comment. Thanks again.”
Brett Cooper retires from ‘hi-level’ MMA
Cooper (20-12) began his professional career in 2005 and fought under the Bellator banner twelve times. He made it to the finals in two middleweight tournaments during his tenure — losing to Doug Marshall in the season 8 finals and losing to Brandon Halsey in the season 10 finals. At Bellator 98, Cooper replaced an injured Marshall and took on middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko. The fight was a back and forth battle with Cooper losing a unanimous decision.
MMASucka.com would like to wish Brett and his family the best with whatever the future brings them.