UFC fighter Quinn Mulhern on Saturday night called it a career.
After seven years in the fight game, Mulhern came to the realization that he had taken his career, for the most part, as far as he felt it would realistically go.
Could he still get better? Yes. But would he compete at the UFC level and become a championship contender? He seems to think that he likely would not, and would rather refocus his energy elsewhere.
Mulhern is coming off of back-to-back losses in his move from Strikeforce to the UFC. His overall professional record stands at 18-4.
Mulhern announced his decision via his Facebook page:
Hey guys. First, just let me express how grateful I am for the love and support of a whole community of people. Especially those folks who have been with me from the beginning of my MMA career. I love you all, thank you.
The dust hasn't settled exactly so I wouldn't normally do this now…but it feels like it's the right time: I am retiring from MMA.
This camp was as perfect as they come. Everything fell into place, mentally, physically…my weight cut was a success. I got to a place of mental focus where I have never been before. But when I got in the cage I just didn't have it. It wasn't nerves, I didn't freeze…I just didn't have the physical gifts or skill [to get] the win. Bottom line is that I could put in years of continued work but I won't be competitive at this level. Perhaps I'd get quite a bit better, but I think if rather spend that time on something new. I feel this in my bones.
So this is not a tantrum of self-pity. In fact, I feel very clear and good about this decision. I'm so grateful to have done what I've done. I've gotten to travel all over the world and to fight professionally over twenty times. But this is it.
Now what to do next is the question. I'll leave that alone for a while. But I'm hopeful and excited for the next step.
The phrase that was the theme of my training camp was “All in due time.” I think that phrase is quite fitting, even now.