Even though Megan Anderson has not officially retired from mixed martial arts, the former UFC Women’s Featherweight title challenger says she has no interest left to return to the Octagon.
I’m okay with how my life and career trajectory is going; Megan Anderson
One of the most renowned female MMA fighters, Megan Anderson was last seen in action against Amanda Nunes at UFC 259 in March last year. However, the Women’s Featherweight Champ made easy work of the no 1 contender, as Nunes submitted Anderson just two minutes into the first round.
In the wake of suffering her fifth professional defeat against Nunes, Anderson’s UFC contract expired, making her a free agent. Promotions such as Bellator and PFL were in conversations about signing the Aussie, but no actual signing had taken place in any of those promotions and now, the former Invicta FC Featherweight Champion has now gone a year and four months without action.
While she has not made any official announcement of retirement, Anderson revealed to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that she is happy doing other things and is satisfied with her life and has no concrete plan on returning to the cage.
“My desire to compete in MMA isn’t there anymore, and I’ve seen it time and time again where they fight for the wrong reasons,” said Anderson, “Like for money, and their heart isn’t in it. This is a sport where you can’t fight with your heart not in, because the damage that can be done in that moment can be a lot. For me, that desire isn’t there anymore and I’m just happy doing other things.”
“If I get it back, I get it back. If I don’t, I don’t. I’m happy doing all of the other things. The opportunities I’ve had I wouldn’t be able to do if I was still training full-time, like shooting three months in Prague for a movie… If I decide to fight again, whenever that maybe, maybe I will. But if I don’t, I’m okay with how my life and career trajectory is going as well,” she added. [H/T BJPenn.com]
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