In a bit of surprising news, UFC welterweight Jordan Mein has decided to leave the sport at just age 25. Word comes from the Wednesday edition of UFC Tonight, with SBN's Ariel Helwani stating that Mein is 'burnt out' and 'lost that fire' as the reasons for not wanting to compete again.
While he is still pretty much a young in age, Mein has had a longer career than most veterans as he started when he was just 16 years old. He has racked up the mileage after tallying 39 fights while competing for almost a decade in numerous promotions such as Strikeforce and the UFC.
Mein was last seen in the Octagon last January, where he was dominating Thiago Alves up until a perfectly placed body kick ended his night and snapped his winning streak. He has career wins over Josh Burkman, Dan Miller, Mike Pyle, and Marius Zaromskis.
Although Mein obviously still has what it takes to compete at a high level, it is refreshing to see a combat sports athlete leave before it is too late.
Frankie Perez, a fighter roughly the same age as Mein, also recently decided to hang up the gloves following his last UFC win. Hopefully, no one questions Mein's cojones after this decision.