Mac Danzig has decided to hang up his gloves. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
After more than 12 years as a professional fighter, Mac Danzig has retired from mixed martial arts.
The UFC lightweight Tuesday announced his decision in a video interview with USA Today Sports, revealing that concerns for his health in the years to come factored into his decision to hang up his gloves sooner rather than later. Danzig also stated that he hoped to remain involved in the sport, be it through coaching or by documenting MMA with photography and video work.
The 34-year-old began his pro career in 2001 and won the King of the Cage lightweight title in 2005, successfully defending that belt four times before letting it go. Danzig would then compete once in the Pride Fighting Championships, suffering a knockout at the hands of the highly regarded Hayato Sakurai at Pride 33.
Danzig next joined the cast of “The Ultimate Fighter 6,” winning the show with a first-round submission of Tom Speer in 2007. The Californian spent six years in total with the UFC, posting wins over Mark Bocek, Justin Buchholz, Joe Stevenson and Efrain Escudero. Danzig now departs the organization on the heels of three consecutive losses, most recently dropping a unanimous decision to Joe Lauzon last December at UFC on Fox 9.