(Pimpin’ ain’t easy, but giving it up is even harder!)
The winds of retirement change as quickly as the weather. Fortunately, you’ve got Fightlinker on the Doppler feeding you the latest up to the minute updates on who’s retiring, thinking about retiring, or reneging on retirement. For this one post at least.
Let’s start off with Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller, who got his ass fired before UFC 146 even ended. Reports of a backstage altercation with UFC staff were indeed true but it was a disagreement with backstage director Burt Watson over a gas mask minutes before Miller’s fight, not some gophers in a hallway afterwards as initially speculated. He talks about that with MMA Fighting, and also clears up if he was retiring:
“I said I would, so I am,” said Miller. “I’m done for right now.”
“Every fighter gives the same answer when they say they’re retired. Pretty much every fighter says ‘I’m retired until I need money.’ I’m a pretty smart dude, I have other avenues open to me.”
“I feel a little bit freed, in a weird way,” he said. “In the strangest way I feel free. I know that sounds strange when I devoted my entire life to fighting. I feel like life is unlocked to a whole new set of adventures.”
Now that’s a glass half full way of looking at things. Personally, I’m only seeing the empty half where us Mayhem Monkeys no longer get to watch Miller fight. I had this fantasy daydream where I imagined him heading over to Japan and f*cking around in DEEP or ZST or another smallfry league just for the hell of it. Sure the pay is probably in the four digit region (even in yen), but it’d be coolness on par with Bill Murray showing up at random houseparties for the yuks.
Next up, Mike Brown…
Mr Brown earned a tough decision over some guy named Daniel Pineda, who is just one of the many unknown next generation featherweights coming up in the UFC right now. You can’t have a new generation without an old one, and Brown certainly fits into that ‘old’ group. Perhaps that was the reason he decided to hang up the gloves after his win. But victory is an addictive thing, and shortly after Brown took a few steps back from the ledge:
I don’t blame him for being indecisive. It’s hard enough to retire even when you’re getting your clock cleaned regularly. Just ask Jason MacDonald, who’s been thinking about hanging em up for a while now:
Well, I’m not going to make any big formal retirement announcement, but I’m not actively looking to fight again.
If I am done fighting, I want it to be on my terms. I don’t want to go back to the smaller shows and bounce back between wins and losses, and be that guy people want on their shows to build up their promotion or build up their next star.
Bottom line, there won’t be any big formal announcement, but I’m not actively seeking to fight anymore. If Calgary doesn’t happen, I’ll probably just fade away like many other fighters have done.
Not a bad way of handling it. This leaves you room to come back for a few paydays without being one of the dozens of fighters who have to sheepishly ‘unretire’ a few months after ragequitting.
Last but not least, how could we have a retirement round-up without mentioning Mirko Crocop? His first post-Final Fight fight happened this weekend at K-1 Madrid and he looked pretty good. Not that hard when you consider his opponent Loren Javier Jorge has a 1-3 record, but never you mind that. CROCOP IS BACK! CROCOP FOREVER!