Brian Melancon retired today...

Sorry if already posted but I'm on my phone and can't search or post the link.

He posted on Facebook that he has been having kidney issues for a while but just found out that his kidney function has dropped 47% and if he continues to fight or train it will leave him with permanent damage.

I just want to say thanks to Brain for all he has done for us fans. Phone Post 3.0

Forgot to add that he's also a fellow UGer. Phone Post 3.0

Take care of yourself Brian.

Brain, if you read this did your kidney issues come from years of weight cutting or was it more due to genetics? And if you stop training will your kidney get back to functioning normally or is it now about maintaining the functioning %? Phone Post 3.0

Here's the full statement:

 

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.

That's too bad. I liked his aggressive style, win or lose. Phone Post 3.0

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Here's the full statement:



 

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.

Thanks bro Phone Post 3.0

Ah..that sucks. At least he is taking care of himself now so there is no further damage. Hopefully he will be able to still make a living in some area of MMA. Good luck Brian. It was an honor to watch you perform. Phone Post 3.0

Son of a bitch, the guy had talent, wish him all the best. Phone Post 3.0

FETT_the geek - Brain, if you read this did your kidney issues come from years of weight cutting or was it more due to genetics? And if you stop training will your kidney get back to functioning normally or is it now about maintaining the functioning %? Phone Post 3.0
I can't speak for him but I have trained with Brian and at the time he told me he usually cuts from 185 to 155lbs.
He said he is barely recognisable at the weigh ins.
Then he was having kidney problems so he went to 170.

All the best Brian Phone Post 3.0

That's a shame. His buzzer beater KO over Seth Baczynski was amazing. Best of luck with everything, and most of all THANK YOU for putting your life on the line for our entertainment.

That sucks. I hope all goes well for him and he can recover well from the kidney issues.

GSPActuallyFinishedOnMe -
FETT_the geek - Brain, if you read this did your kidney issues come from years of weight cutting or was it more due to genetics? And if you stop training will your kidney get back to functioning normally or is it now about maintaining the functioning %? Phone Post 3.0
I can't speak for him but I have trained with Brian and at the time he told me he usually cuts from 185 to 155lbs.
He said he is barely recognisable at the weigh ins.
Then he was having kidney problems so he went to 170.

All the best Brian Phone Post 3.0
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"He was expected to face Robert Whitaker at UFC Fight Night 33 on Dec. 7.
 
According to UFC officials, Whitaker has been removed from the card."

Hated to hear it, but glad he's putting his health first. Great job, Brian. I know there will be great things for you that your fight career helped prepare you for.

I wish Brian all the success in the world in his future endeavors.

Really sorry to hear that. You were always exciting to watch. Thank you got the entertainment bc Phone Post 3.0

Sorry excuse my Swype. Phone Post 3.0