UFC lightweight John Cholish announced his retirement yesterday in Brazil. The 29-year-old announced the move on twitter hours before he took to the cage against Gleison Tibau at UFC on FX 8.
Cholish ends his MMA career at 8-3 (1-2 UFC), having dropped his last two fights after winning eight in a row. The Renzo Gracie Fighter admitted that fighting was always more of a hobby to him since he works on Wall Street for a commodities brokerage firm.
Cholish told MMAJunkie that fighter pay has a lot to do with his decision, stating that once training costs were deducted from his pay that he actually lost money going to Brazil. While his UFC on FX 8 pay will not be disclosed, Cholish was $4,000 to show and $4,000 for his victory in his UFC debut at UFC 140.
The former Cornell wrestler stated that he will still train, and did not rule out a comeback at some point, but decided it was the right time to leave competition.
Cholish lost his bout to Gleison Tibau last night at UFC on FX 8 via submission. The bout was his first in over a year due to a torn groin muscle.