UFC is often recognized as the best promotion for MMA fighters to work for. Spearheaded by UFC President Dana White, some of the most notable fighters have made their mark there. From its heyday with Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock to the present with Jose Aldo and Ronda Rousey, many have built a legacy in the Octagon.
However, with every memorable fighter, there is at least 20 history will never remember. Sometimes, it is because said fighters simply could not last in the big leagues. Ironically, Andrew Todhunter will be remembered for this. He’s an undefeated 7-0-0 MMA fighter who was in UFC for six months before being let go. The peculiarity is he never fought one fight because something always came up that effected his health. In his last fight before being let go, “The Sniper” was supposed to fight Albert Tumenov at UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum. Todhunter however passed out during weigh-ins resulting in their fight being cancelled.
To be frank, short runs are not uncommon in UFC since they are trying to always get the best fighters in by removing the non-hackers. However at the end of the day, it is usually a call made by UFC. Very rarely would a short run be made by the MMA fighter themselves. That is the case with Frankie Perez. After winning his last fight against Sam Stout, he officially retired in the Octagon.
Now to be fair, it should be noted that Frankie Perez’s career overall is not short, starting back in July 17, 2011 with a win against Andre Shuler at Ring of Combat 36. It is his career in UFC that is, starting with a loss against Johnny Case at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver on January 18, 2015. Apparently, all Perez wanted to do is have one win in UFC because after winning his fight against Sam Stout at UFC Fight Night: Holloway Vs. Oliveira, he retired right then and there in the Octagon, as reported on the promotion’s official website.
“At 26, this is my first win in the UFC and my last. I’m done after this. I brought my dreams to come true, and I’m ready for the next chapter in my life. I’m done putting my family and my body through all this.”
Apparently, there is more to Frankie Perez retiring. While talking to Jon Anik with Fox Sports, he explained what his career was like over the years followed with detailing his envisioned prospects for starting a family.
“I’ve never taken a year off, or even a break. I’ve been fighting non-stop since I was 17. I’m just ready for the next chapter. I want to open up a school, find a girl and make some babies.”
Frankie Perez leaves behind a MMA career of 10 wins and two losses. Though it is debilitating that Perez ended his career in such a fashion, especially for the fighting camp he is a part of (which has produced Frankie Edgar and Edson Barboza), overall is is good Perez realized this early on in his life.
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