Chase Gormley will likely consider retirement with a loss to Sergei Kharitonov at Bellator 175.
There isn’t a lot Chase Gormley hasn’t done in his MMA career. He has walked into the cage an impressive 19 times and competed on the sports biggest platforms. He fought on the smaller shows under the Titan and RFA banner, he competed twice on the main stage of the UFC and now and has found a home in Bellator’s heavyweight division. After a rough patch Gormley has won seven of his last eight fights and is a successful 3-1 in the Bellator cage, but says he will likely walk away following his next loss.
“I said I am going to come back, I am going to give it 100% this time and if I lose I am done,” Gormley told The Fight House. “I was just going to keep going until I lost. I lost to Dan Charles and I knew he just caught me with a good one and it wasn’t really my lack of effort. If I lose another one I am probably going to retire. I am pretty much just going until I lose.”
Gormley’s had a long career full of ups and downs. There was a period immediately after leaving the UFC where he wasn’t even training for fights any more. He has rekindled his love for the sport and rebuilt himself with Bellator, but he says if he loses he just isn’t willing to go back to doing the smaller shows.
“I might take a few more fights, but I really don’t have the energy to fight back at the small shows to work back into the bigger organizations, it is more tedious and the money isn’t great,” Gormley said. “I really struggled fighting in the small shows. You have to work while you’re fighting in the small shows too, so it just takes a toll. I just got to win. There really isn’t another option. That is the way I look at it. I just have to go out there and win.”
Ironically, all this talk of Gormley leaving the sport with a loss and a win would put him right in the mix for a title shot. Kharitonov is a big name and would be a big win for him. Gormley says he is past the first fight jitters and believes he has worked out the wrinkles and is ready to put on his best performance in the cage.
“In my last two fights I feel like I was a little to safe. I think if I go in there be aggressive and get the knockout or finish of Kharitonov I am right there in the mix,” Gormley said. “My first loss was just a bit of the first fight jitters too. When you first fight for an organization as big as Bellator you get a little nervous and I think that kind of played a factor, but I think I turned it around since then. My last fight wasn’t that great too, so I made a few adjustments and hopefully this fight it really starts to show and my actual skill level.”
We will find out Friday if Gormley will retire or take another step towards the Bellator heavyweight title.