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UFC Fighter Forced Into Retirement After Kidney Issue Revealed

UFC Welterweight Brian Melancon has made the decision to retire from mixed martial arts. Melancon fought twice in Strikeforce, and twice in the UFC, compiling a career record of 7-3.

His reasoning, he said, is due to health problems. He took to facebook to explain why his fight against Kelvin Gastelum will be the final fight the fans will see him in.

“It has been announced, I am sad to say that my fight career is over. I have been having kidney problems that have gotten much worse recently and just found out that my kidney function has dropped to 47%. If I continue to train, fight, and cut weight then I run the risk of permanent damage. I have been advised by my Specialist to retire and move on and that is what I will be doing. This is not how I wanted to go out, but I have to believe that God has another path for me. Thanks to all of you who supported me throughout my career,” Melancon wrote.

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2 Comments to UFC Fighter Forced Into Retirement After Kidney Issue Revealed

  1. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    Athletic commissions need to change the rules and have fightday weigh-ins. Let them fight in their own weightclass, first and foremost to protect their health but also the fights will be more fair with two fighters of the same size and weight.

    • ali says:

      Not going to make a difference. People will still cut weight. look at grappling sports they do same day and suffer more weight cutting issues. notice he says training fighting and cutting messed him up not just weight cutting.

  2. UFC 84 Forever says:

    An example of weight cuts gone wrong for sure.

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