One fighter that took the UFC by storm as soon as he got off TUF was Mac Danzig. Danzig won season 6 of TUF, and he went on to beat some quality opponents, putting on some exciting wars each time he stepped inside the cage. Now, after fighting professional for 13 years, he’s decided to hang up the gloves for good.
Every fighter has a stopping point in terms of their career, and it appears Danzig has reached this threshold. It’s great to see him go out on his own terms, because at the end of the day, he’s got to worry about his health as opposed to putting on exciting fights for the fans. Now that he is retired, he can focus on other aspects of MMA such as training and running his own gym.
As a person, Danzig was very cerebral in his approach. He was an active vegan, and was one of the few fighters who stood up to sponsors when they didn’t pay him what he deserved. Hopefully more fighters will follow suit, because this will give fighters the chance to earn more money and actually get sponsors that care about the livelihood of their fighters.
Danzig was a well-rounded fighter, and he will best be known for his outstanding finishes over Joe Stevenson,Tom Speer and Mark Bocek. I wish him the best of luck in life and his future endeavors.