``Boxing was my first love,'' Martin said. ``I started in mixed martial arts after wrestling in college at Northern Illinois University.
``It was a logical progression, but I've always had boxing in the back of my mind to get back to. Now's a good time to get back to boxing, my training and sparring have been very good and I have no problem making weight. At this point I'm more excited about boxing than I am in MMA.''
My only real question is about his payday. I'll leave it up to Brent and SC to chime in here, but I doubt the paydays are that different at this level. High level MMA and lower-tier boxing probably pay analogous amounts, no?
As for Martin, this is probably a good move. Gaining pro boxing experience can only round out his MMA game even more and it sounds like he needed the change. I'm sure if he wants to return to MMA or the UFC, he'll still have the talent to do so.
Good luck, Terry.
Update [2008-4-10 20:17:2 by Luke Thomas]:: Terry is not leaving MMA. He's just on temporary hiatus. An update from Terry's grappling coach sent to this writer: