WEC-UFC Veteran Shane Roller Retires

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Shane Roller (11-7, MMA) announced on his official Twitter account Monday that he has decided to end his MMA career, one that spanned a 5-year period as a professional in the sport. He came to the decision after suffering a round one loss via triangle choke submission to Jacob Volkmann at this past weekend’s UFC on FUEL TV 5 in Minneapolis, MN.

Originally from Oklahoma, Roller was a three-time NCAA division one All American wrestler for Oklahoma State University. He went 3-1 with local MMA promotions before joining the WEC.

Roller joined the WEC in 2008 and went 6-2 with the promotion before it was dissolved in 2010. He lost to Anthony Pettis at WEC 50 in a lightweight title eliminator. While in the WEC Shane was a finisher, besting five of his opponents with submissions. Four of those submission wins came in the first round. He held notable victories over Danny Castillo and Jamie Varner that won him Submission of the Night honors with the promotion.

When the WEC dissolved, some of the fighters were signed with the UFC. Roller was brought into the 155 lb division with the promotion and won his UFC debut knocking out Thiago Tavares and earning Knockout of the Night honors. Following that fight, he went on a three-fight losing streak. He didn’t have another win until besting John Alessio in a unanimous decision victory at UFC 148. Any hopes of a comeback win streak were ended when Volkmann submitted him this past Friday.

He walks away with a 2-4 record in the UFC. The UFC has not confirmed whether or not Shane has officially called it quits.

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