The mixed martial arts (MMA) career of John Cholish came to an end on Saturday night (May 18, 2013) when the lightweight fighter suffered a submission defeat to Gleison Tibau at UFC on FX 8: "Belfort vs. Rockhold" in Brazil.
Just hours before the event, Cholish posted a message on his official Twitter account stating Saturday's fight would be the last of his career regardless of the outcome.
"Looking forward to my last fight today," Cholish wrote. "Win, Lose, or Draw - I'll do my best to put on a strong performance and of course be Having Fun!"
Unfortunately for the 29-year-old, the result of the fight was a loss -- and a one-sided one at that as he was submitted with a guillotine choke in the second round.
While it may seem odd that Cholish decided to hang up the gloves at such a young age and with only 11 professional fights under his belt, he is in a rare situation for an MMA fighter as he has a full-time job as a stockbroker on Wall Street New York City.
Cholish (8-3) has stated all along that competing in the sport was just a secondary hobby to his day job, and after suffering a torn groin muscles that kept him out of action for a full year as well as two consecutive defeats, it seems he wanted to leave the sport with his physical wellbeing in tact.
Even though the final fight of his career didn't go the way he would have liked, Cholish was gracious in defeat and leaves the sport with his head held high.
"Had fun tonight, wish I could have done better," Cholish wrote on Twitter. "Hats off to @TibauATT on great job & Brazilian fans were incredible! Sucks @nyknicks lost!"
The native of Hackettstown, N.J., went 1-2 in his stint with the UFC, earning a (technical) knockout victory over Mitch Clarke at UFC 140 for his lone victory inside the Octagon.
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