Jimmy ‘The Brick’ Flick has called time on his career at a young age of 30. He was scheduled to face Deiveson Figueiredo’s brother Francisco on the 8th of May, this year. This comes as a massive surprise to everyone in the MMA community since Flick was just getting started in the UFC, having made his UFC debut only last year.
In his retirement speech, Flick revealed that he needed more time to spend with his family and that he had achieved a certain set of goals, which he had planned on achieving in the year 2020. He added that he had other goals in life which can make him more happy than fighting ever did.
‘I don’t want to be the next Conor McGregor’ – Jimmy Flick
In a video captured by The Corner and The Casual, posted on Facebook, Flick can be seen saying, “I have three new goals in life: spend more time with my family, help my wife reach her goals, and, my third goal, is to finish the book I started over a year ago to tell my story, to tell my life, to tell everybody why I did this.”
He continued, “A lot of people keep asking me where I see myself in 10 years. ‘Where do you see yourself in the UFC?’ To be honest, everybody, the UFC is not my dream no more. A lot of people won’t understand why. It’s hard to explain and it does bring tears to my eyes, but the UFC is not looking out for me. My wife is looking out for me, my kids are looking out for me and that’s what I want. I want to be their father. I want to go to work every day, come home and be with my family. I want to spend time with my little girls, I want to spend time with my wife.
About his future, Flick said, “And I’ve found out I don’t want to be the next Conor McGregor, or the next Demetrious Johnson. So I step in this cage tonight and telling everybody that I’m retiring from mixed martial arts. I’m gonna pursue the other goals in life that make me more happy than fighting ever did.”
Flick made an impressive debut at Dana White’s contender series, winning via submission. He then followed it up with a highlight-reel flying triangle choke against Cody Durden at UFC Fight Night : Thompson vs Neal. Just when people thought he would reach greater heights, Flick has announced his retirement.