UFC heavyweight Christian Morecraft announces MMA retirement


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christian-morecraft-2.jpgTwo years to the day from his last victory, UFC heavyweight Christian Morecraft on Tuesday announced his MMA retirement.

Morecraft (7-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC), of Hyannis, Mass., exits the sport on a two-fight skid. The 26-year-old, 6-foot-6 fighter started his career 6-0 before signing with the UFC.

“Competing in the UFC is a tough job on many different levels – getting better staying focused and all the other s— that life brings to you and not to mention I still have to work a full time job to support yourself in the mean time,” Morecraft stated in a Facebook post, as reported by the Boston Herald. “There’s plenty of ‘ex professional athletes’ out there who are lost, broke and jobless when competing is over, so with that being said trying to find an easier way to make a living and most importantly be happy … I’m saying GOODBYE TO THE FIGHT BUISINESS for right now.

“Nothing’s set in stone because we all know that nothing in life is, but for now I’ve got some other matters to take care of. Thank you all for your support over the years. Thank you and god bless everyone.”

Morecraft made his UFC debut at UFC 117 and was stopped just 22 seconds into the second round by Stefan Struve in a knockout. Prior to that loss, all six of his pro fights – all in his home state of Massachusetts – had come by way of first-round stoppage, averaging 1:25 of fight time.

He rebounded from that loss with what would be his lone win in the UFC on March 26, 2011, when he submitted Sean McCorkle in Seattle. But three months later, Matt Mitrione stopped him with a walk-off second-round knockout. And six months after that, Pat Barry knocked him out at UFC on FX 1 – though he did pick up a $45,000 bonus check for the event’s “Fight of the Night,” thanks to having Barry in trouble earlier in the first round with an armbar.

But in September of this past year, Morecraft ran into trouble with an arrest for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. And without a fight booked, and apparently with reservations in recent months about continuing his fighting career, he made the decision to hang up the gloves.

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