We rollinnnnnnn' ... right out the door and into retirement.
After 14 years of babysitting mixed martial arts (MMA) stars for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the world's leading combat sports promotion, Burt Watson is walking away from the fight game, announcing his retirement earlier today (Tues., March 3, 2015) on Twitter.
After 14 AMAZING YEARS I've decided to step aside thank U Dana White Lorenzo Fertitta & Donna Marcolini pic.twitter.com/8eL04mVGaW— Burt Watson (@BurtWatson4real) March 3, 2015
Good luck finding a replacement.
Watson was charged with handling, well, just about everything when it came to getting a fighter from training camp to the Octagon, including press conferences and weigh ins. Speaking of which, there appears to be more to the retirement story in the wake of UFC 184.
From MMA Junkie:
His exit had been rumored for the past few days following an alleged incident this past weekend at UFC 184. An initial report came from Twitter user @FrontRowBrian. Then, on Monday's edition of MMAjunkie Radio, John Morgan, MMAjunkie's lead staff reporter and an on-site reporter at UFC 184 in Los Angeles, confirmed a backstage confrontation between Watson and a fellow UFC employee over a fighter's weight cut.
UFC has yet to comment on Watson's departure and outside of the recent tweet from the man himself, no other details were provided. Either way, it has surely been a stressful 14 years, especially considering the number of events per annum (along with the recent PED turmoil), and a break is unquestionably well deserved.