Brian Melancon will end his MMA career after 10 fights, including two at the sport’s highest level.
The 31-year-old Texan on Wednesday announced his retirement from the sport, citing ongoing kidney issues and a doctor’s recommendation. He was scheduled to meet Robert Whittaker next month at UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia, but earlier today that bout was scrapped and Melancon made his retirement official right afterward on his Facebook account.
“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.”