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Cody McKenzie officially retires from MMA competition

Former UFC fighter Cody McKenzie officially retired from MMA on Thursday following his KO loss at M-1 Challenge 54/ACB 12.

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Following a disappointing first round KO loss to Fight Club Berkut standout Beslan Isaev, Cody McKenzie has officially retired from MMA competition.

McKenzie finishes his career with a 15-6 record in professional competition and a 3-4 run during his tenure with the UFC. He also ends his career on a two-fight losing streak.

Prior to his fight with Isaev, McKenzie sat down with BloodyElbow and revealed that he had already contemplated retirement prior to his fight at M-1 Challenge 54/ACB 12.

"I was actually close to retiring; I wasn't going to stop fighting completely as it is in my blood - who I am. But before M-1 I was going to focus on my fishing, where I made twice as much as in the UFC. Even M-1 is paying me better than the UFC did over the last five years," McKenzie told BloodyElbow.com.

His apparent frustration stems from his concerns regarding UFC fighter pay and how he never found financial stability while under contract with MMA's top promotion.

"I did three fights for free (TUF house) and all this other bullshit over five years. I never made any real money. I still have my same car; I don't own a house or anything."