After two fights in the UFC, Brian Melancon has announced his retirement.
The 31-year old fighter cited his doctor’s recommendation, due to ongoing kidney issues, as the reason for his decision. He revealed the news on his Facebook page:
“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 was previously scheduled to face Robert Whittaker next month at UFC Fight Night 33. He will end his career with a 7-3 record, including bouts in the UFC, Strikeforce, and Bellator.
According to the UFC, Melancon plans to return to his previous career as a physical therapist.