In a statement on her personal Facebook account, Anna “Panda” Elmose has announced her retirement from mixed martial arts competition.
Anna had this to say on her Facebook account.
I’m retiring as a fighter. I’ve understood, that I no longer have the necessary desire, will to win or hunger to compete.
I have no excuses for my performance against Amanda Cooper. I’ve never been in better shape, I had awesome sparring and the weight cut went according to plan. I simply couldn’t get my pulse up, didn’t feel any kind of adrenalin rush and basically felt content.
When I entered the Octagon in Belfast, I didn’t get any kind of buzz at all. I just felt flat, and it was weird to experience, because I didn’t understand it at first. But when I knocked my opponent down, and I didn’t get the rush to finish the fight, as I usually do, I knew that my edge and desire simply was gone.
I honestly had no idea until the fight, that I have lost my “fighter heart”, and I really didn’t see it coming. I apologize to all I’ve let down, but I don’t have it in me anymore.
I live a very good life now, and I’ve realized, that I don’t have anything to fight for anymore. At the age of 32, other aspects of life now make more sense to me, but I don’t regret a thing.
I’d like to thank the UFC for giving me the chance to perform at the biggest stage in Martial Arts, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. What an adventure it has been!
Intensiti Fighter Management gave me dreamlike opportunities, and I’ll always be grateful for their treatment of me as an athlete. I can’t praise my management enough.
The team at Rumble Sports took me from being a chubby hobby-kickboxer to an elite MMA-fighter in only three years.
Thank you to everyone, who helped shape me as a fighter.
The panda is no longer endangered and it’s time for new dreams and adventures.
Anna Elmose ends her mixed martial arts career with an 3-2 record with wins over Emma Delaney, Aitek Emadi and Mara Borella. Anna Elmose began her pro MMA career on a three fight winning streak which later got her noticed by the UFC who later signed her.
Anna Elmose made her UFC debut against Germaine de Randamie at UFC Fight Night 97 in which she would be defeated via first round TKO. Following her loss to Germaine, Elmose would later get back in the cage against Amanda Cooper at UFC Fight Night 99 losing the fight via unanimous decision.
Anna Elmose ends her career with a 3-2 MMA record and an 0-2 UFC record. We wish Anna nothing but the best in her future and evers.
“I lost the fight, but I’ve won at life” – Anna Elmose