Former welterweight contender Josh Koscheck announced via BJPenn.com that he has officially called it quits. He was a standout of The Ultimate Fighter season 1 and has a solid record under his belt. In a week that saw the retirement of TUF 2 winner Rashad Evans and former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, this is not the kind of news fans want to hear. One is bad enough. Here’s what Koscheck said via MMAmania.com.
That is true [I am officially retired]. And I don’t think I’ve ever said that. Who knows, you never know. I may come back someday but you know, the biggest thing about my mixed martial arts career…it just didn’t go the way I wanted. It’s almost like you just kind of lose it. And it pains me to say that. It really truly pains me as a fighter. Because I have a big ego, everybody that steps inside that cage has a big ego and their confidence and things of that nature. But I…truly didn’t have it. I couldn’t go out there and compete with these young guys. I felt great in the gym, I was in great shape. I don’t think I was ever in better shape than when I was at 38-39 and obviously 40. But just didn’t have it.
Good luck in whatever you choose to do. You earned the retirement.