After 5 years of fighting mma, it looks like Shane Roller is hanging it up. He took to twitter to make his retirement official. “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!!”
In October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) merged with the UFC. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC. Roller was one of many fighters with high hopes for a title run in their division. Since then he has gone 2-4 inside the UFC octagon.
Roller defeated Thiago Tavares via second round KO on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann, earning Knockout of the Night honors and his first win in the UFC. In his second UFC fight, Roller faced Melvin Guillard on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132 and loss via KO in the first round.
Roller then struggled again losing to TJ Grant on October 1, 2011 at UFC on Versus 6 via controversial armbar submission in round 3. Roller faced Michael Johnson on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2, replacing an injured Cody McKenzie. Roller lost via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Roller then defeated John Alessio on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148 via unanimous decision to claim his second and last win inside the octagon. Roller suffered a first round submission loss to Jacob Volkmann this past weekend on UFC on FX 5 and after the fight was considering retirement. Roller announced his retirement on Twitter today, and will be missed.
Shane is married and the couple have two children, a son and a daughter, so it looks like it’s time to spend it with the family. I respect that and wish him and his family nothing but the best in their future endeavors.
~Ben McPhee (Follow me on twitter – @mmawriter1)
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