Mac Danzig during his loss to Joe Lauzon in December. Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Mac Danzig announces retirement from MMA


Mac Danzig has announced his retirement from professional mixed martial arts competition citing concussions and memory loss coming as a result of his recent losses. Danzig lost for a third consecutive time in December, losing to Joe Lauzon in a bloody battle at UFC on FOX 10, which came just five months after a brutal knockout loss against Melvin Guillard.

Danzig was a popular figure during his stint in the UFC due to his positive attitude, intelligence and also his entertaining performances inside the cage. The 34-year old won season six of The Ultimate Fighter, and racked up wins over the likes of Efrain Escudero, Joe Stevenson and Mark Bocek.

He will retire with a 21-12-1 record as a professional, with a 5-8 record inside the Octagon. We wish Danzig the best of luck in his future endeavours, and hope to see him flourish as a mentor to fellow fighters.

You can find snippets from Danzig’s announcement below, followed by his Tweet containing the full statement.

“As a parent, I must take into consideration how important my sustained brain function is and how tragic it would be to have Parkinsons, Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc. Nobody ever forced me, I chose to be a fighter and I have no regrets about what has already transpired thus far, but I must make the right decision for the future. This was never a concern for me until I became a father.”

“Now, moving forward is never an easy transition for a professional athlete. You put all your eggs in one basket, and even if you have an academic degree to fall back on (which I don’t) there is no job security in this economic climate. Regardless of the rough road through the wilderness ahead, I feel have a lot to offer in many different fields. I have not decided exactly what I’m going to do professionally full-time, but I am planning to stay involved with the sport, continuing to work with the UFC (if possible), training students 1-on-1, coaching fighters and giving seminars. While I continue this line of work, I am still making time to pursue my passions in other arts, as a nature photographer/tour-guide, freelance cinematographer, writer and public speaker…  Animal rights, human rights and diet/health are still very much in my blood and I will continue to promote them with good conscious into the future.”

 

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