UFC welterweight Alan Jouban has retired from mixed martial arts. The 38-year-old veteran made the announcement Monday evening on his social media accounts.
“I’d like to officially announce my retirement from MMA,” wrote Jouban on Instagram. “Fighting and the UFC have given me everything I have today! I would not change a single thing from my journey because I got to live my dream and not know what was next. My coaches, my teammates, those of you that were a part of this, I appreciate you so much! Thank you to my supporters and even my opponents along the way.
“Injuries, age and life have shown me that it’s time. If I can’t compete to my fullest, then I won’t. So I’ll focus my time now on broadcasting where I can still share my passion and knowledge for the sport with everyone at home. Thank you to everyone for all the love over the years. I look forward to becoming a staple in the sport from this end now as well.”
Jouban recently competed in November of last year at UFC 255, where he earned an unanimous decision win over Jared Gooden. It was after this fight that Jouban said he was looking to shift his focus from fighting to broadcasting, which he has done with more frequent appearances on the UFC broadcast booth in recent months. He has also commentated for other promotions such as Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA).
Jouban fought twice as an amateur before making his professional debut in February 2011. He competed on the regional scene for about three years and was later signed to the UFC in 2014 after going 9-2. His promotional debut came against Seth Baczynski, who he knocked out in the first round and to earn a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus.
Jouban went on to amass a 8-5 record in the UFC that is highlighted by wins over well-known names like Belal Muhammad, Mike Perry and Ben Saunders. He closes this chapter of his career with an overall record of 17-7 over nearly a decade of fighting.