UFC welterweight standout, Brian Melancon announces retirement due to kidney problems

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UFC welterweight standout, Brian Melancon has called an end to his career today, announcing his retirement via Facebook.

UFC welterweight standout, Brian Melancon has called an end to his career today, announcing his retirement via Facebook. The 31 year old Houston resident made waves with his UFC debut when he knocked out Seth Baczynski with just one second left on the clock in the first round.

He apparently has been battling kidney issues and states that his renal function is only operating at about 47%. Further details in the post suggest that should he continue training, fighting and cutting weight, he runs the risk of sustaining permanent damage.

Here is the full statement:

It has been announced, I am sad to say that my fight career is over. I have been having kidney problems that have gotten much worse recently and just found out that my kidney function has dropped to 47%. If I continue to train, fight, and cut weight then I run the risk of permanent damage. I have been advised by my Specialist to retire and move on and that is what I will be doing. This is not how I wanted to go out, but I have to believe that God has another path for me. Thanks to all of you who supported me throughout my career.

You can follow Brian via his Twitter account, @Brian_Melancon

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