Bashir Ahmad has officially retired from MMA and has accepted an executive role within ONE Championship.

The 34-year-old held a professional record of 4-3 and last competed in October 2016 when he defeated Mahmoud Mohamed at ONE: State of Warriors via a heel hook submission.

Ahmad made history four years ago when he became the first Pakistani to fight in a major MMA organization when he made his debut against Shannon Wiratchai at ONE: Kings and Champions on April 5, 2013. Ahmad won the bout via a unanimous decision and he went on to fight some recognisable names under the ONE banner including Bruno Pucci and Jimmy Yabo.

The news of his retirement was announced today by ONE Championship founder Chatri Sityodtong on his Facebook page.

“Congratulations to Bashir Ahmad on becoming the first professional athlete to retire from the ONE cage and join ONE Championship in an executive role,” Sityodtong wrote. “He will help to lead our efforts in athlete services and matchmaking with the legendary Matt Hume. While Bashir might be the first, I know that he will not be the last. I intend to hire many more ONE athletes after they retire. It is the circle of life. It is the warrior’s way. #gratitude”

ONE Championship are coming off the back of a weekend when they crowned another new champion. Martin Nguyen became the ONE featherweight champion this past Friday when he defeated Marat Gafurov via knockout in the second round.

ONE Championship’s next event will take place in Shanghai, China on September 2 when Ben Askren defends his welterweight title against Zebazian Kadestam.

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