UFC veteran Pat Schilling has likely surprised many throughout the MMA community today by announcing that he’s retiring at the young age of 24. Schilling, who was coming off back-to-back defeats to Daniel Pineda and Max Holloway in UFC action, made the announcement via Facebook.
After citing the hard work that was involved to make it to the UFC, which included juggling a full time job with a rigorous training regiment, Schilling stated:
“But now life has taken me another direction, and I just can’t meet the same rigorous expectations I placed upon myself when coming up through the ranks to be able to compete on the local scene and work my way back up. There are amazing people out there who push and motivate me, and there are unfortunately people who do the opposite: suck the energy and fun out of the game. Pulling the full time job and a full time fighting career is just something I don’t desire anymore. I want more time to spend with friends and family, and do things that continue to give me energy in life.”
The Minnesota fighter added that he plans to “pop my head into gyms once in a while” and that he would like to instruct people in martial arts. Schilling exits from competition after putting together a 5-2 record as a professional and an undefeated, 5-0 run as an amateur.