Charles “Chainsaw” McCarthy Leaves The UFC, Retires At Age 27

Charles "Chainsaw" McCarthy has chosen a path in life and mixed
martial arts is not one of them anymore.  At age 27, McCarthy has
announced his official retirement from the UFC and any other competition
involving MMA. 

At the UFC 83 event that was held this past Saturday on April 19th, the
Chainsaw was defeated by Michael Bisping via a TKO-arm injury in the first
round.  Bisping repeatedly kneed McCarthy’s body as well as his arms,
which later took a toll on him and forced him to end the fight.  It wasn’t
a good way to end his career, especially since he was coming off of a win prior
to this bout against Gideon Ray during the Ultimate Fighter 4 finale
event.  However, McCarthy will be remembered as a great UFC competitor who
brought us tons of excitement every time he stepped into the octagon. 

Here’s a snip from Charles McCarthy:

“I would like to announce my formal retirement from Mixed Martial Arts
competition…I have achieved many of the goals I set out to accomplish in this
sport and found others just out of reach. It is now time for me to lay down my
gloves and rededicate my attention towards my business, my fighters, my family
and my team…The successes I have found in my career are due in large part to
all the great people who have helped me along the way. Being involved with the
true champions at American Top Team has guided me to become a better father,
husband, teacher and friend. Without the great generosity of ATT my life would
have had a void. I hope that everyone reading (this) can one day feel the love
of a great family as I have…It’s something that was in the back of my head a
little bit…We train so hard and we put so much time into it. I figure I’ve
worked since November to do this and there’s so many other things going on in
my life that I put on the back burner since November. You know, at the end of
the day, that paycheck that used to be enough, isn’t enough anymore…I have a
gym full of guys that need my attention, so I plan on giving them as much of
that as they can possibly handle…I think out of everything that’s what I enjoy
doing the most and I’d like to be able to focus my attention on that.”

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